Tetras, Pareidolia 2xLP
Perhaps "surprise" is not the right word; I had no idea of what to expect from this. The one-sheet mentions a number of artists, not by way of comparison, but just to provide come context for where the artists involved in Tetras (Jason Kahn, Jeroen Visser, and Christian Weber) might have been coming from as Pareidolia was created. The impression I got was that Tetras functions as a united whole. Labels and artists often speak of working as a true collective, and no matter how many times I hear it, I'm almost always dismayed by what I hear. Few bands making experimental, genre-defying music actually sound like they gel together and can function as an organic entity. There are, of course, several exceptions - Locrian comes to mind, as does Sonic Youth. Especially very early Sonic Youth. I've heard a Sonic Youth influence in Locrian before (particularly in the Locrian-Horseback 7"), so my hope before hearing this was that maybe I would not be stretching to think there could be something to that comparison.
As it turns out, I don't think I was that far off. Sonic Youth, in their earliest days, were heavily influenced by free-jazz, but I think Pareidolia has an even greater free-jazz association. Indeed, that's the overwhelming feel to this record, but I wouldn't go so far as to call it a free-jazz record, simply because there are so many other things going on. Droney, even rockish at times, this is the textbook definition of experimentation at its best, integrating loose structures with cool rhythms and trippy electronics to create a consolidated whole of outstanding sound. And I'd be willing to bet that it's all improvised, because it's quite clear when listening to this that these gentlemen are playing as one - no individuals and no egos. Furthermore, the record, which consists of four distinct songs, is essentially still one. Obviously, both the band and the record are more than the sum of their parts.
Presented on a double vinyl in a silk-screened heavy-duty chipboard jacket (limited to 500), and comes with a digital download. A digital download is available on its own as well, but this is meant to be experienced in its analog form. You'd be missing out to have just the mp3s. Learn more and buy this now from FSS.
Posted by Krumbled Kookie at 2/12/2012 07:15:00 PM