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This Musicship by Yuganaut

If this outing was released in the ‘70s, it more than likely would have raised a few eyebrows. With Steve Rush’s use of a Fender Rhodes and analog moog synths, the trio embarks upon a madcap hodgepodge of free-jazz/fusion, and juiced-up avant-garde amid expressionistic aspirations. Recorded in 2005, the band’s quasi retro-nouveau implementations sound fresh and invigorating, where the trio throws a bit of caution to the wind.

Rush’s bursting Moog patterns generate an alien-soundscape atop the rhythm section’s pulsating variances in swing and free-form permutations. Aided by a few meltdowns and brisk shifts in strategy, Rush uses his keys as a policeman would direct the flow of traffic at a busy intersection. But it’s partly about tonal contrasts, and humorous sound sculpting maneuvers that weave in and out of drums, percussion and bass patterns. On the piece titled "Channeling," the band offers a portraiture that is akin to an electronic jungle, as drummer Geoff Mann switches to vibes to complement Rush’s use of a recorder, bells and Moog. Nonetheless, this is a wild and adventurous ensemble.

They switch gears a bit on "Gobble Gobble," due to a bluesy groove coupled with bizarre EFX, subsequently followed by a heated jam session that sparks memories of the famed British jazz-rock band, Soft Machine. Yet at the end of the day, the band defies rigid categorizations. And if you’re mindset warrants something different and musically stimulating, then this recently issued album should fit the bill, in rather expeditious fashion!

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Yuganaut
  • CD Title: This Musicship
  • Genre: Progressive
  • Year Released: 2006
  • Record Label: Block M Records
  • Rating: Four Stars
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