Keyboardist Dietrich Eichmann follows up his previous Leo Records duo outing with drummer Jeff Arnal. And with a dual-bass, sax, percussion and electronics based sextet, the musical oddities become reality via bizarre avant-garde jazz improvisation and shock-therapy like persuasions.
On the opening track "Sweets From Above," the ensemble executes strange sounds, perhaps due to electronics ace Gunnar Brandt-Sigurdsson’s use of a juiced-up hearing aid, where short-circuited noise attains a middle-ground with acoustic piano and jungle rhythms. In effect, the music ensnares you and of course, it is a study in contrasts.
In various regions of this disc a sense of mystery pervades due to an abundance of unanticipated surprises constructed upon asymmetrical rhythms and evasive themes. Eichmann is also an instigator due to his trickling piano voicings and zigzagging progressions.
The piece titled "The Worm From The Void," features the bassists’ arco-lines and Eichmann’s stammering chords along with electronics and interweaving dialogues. Here, they elicit notions of the macabre. Then on "Five Star Tragedy," alto saxophonist Chris Heenan’s launches a sequence of ruffled passages with howling sounds atop fractured rhythmic elements. Overall, the music jumps out at you! Where others fail miserably, this lot injects uncanny elements of soul and heartening concepts into the grand scheme of avant-garde type matters.