Putting a strain on my typing endurance, this is an album by A. Molotkov of avant band Discord Aggregate. He seems to use the same scattered song style as on the previous D.A. disc. Fortunately, he kept the titles themselves short. He also hosts many people on many many instruments. The cd is packaged in an extensive digipack. Very nice.
Compared to Discord Aggregate, Invited sounds quite musical, but still there is a certain amount of weirdness. The violin is rather important on this track as is the sampling and percussion. The spoken words add to the atmosphere, which is nice. You may compare that to the spoken word Laurie Anderson (Ugly One With The Jewels). Passenger continues that line of sampled words, strung together to form a certain meaning, but sounding accidental. Samples and the like are combined to form some kind of composition, which sounds very much pieced together. A totally different way of making music, than the band format to which most readers will be used. Gone has fast acoustics, sitar and a sense of urgency. The spoken words continue telling a story of a kind. I am the kind of person who tends not to notice the words too much, trying to focus more on the impression it evokes. The vocals effects on Bleeding can be rather estranging and tend to give me hyperventilation with these people exhaling all the time.
Well, with this many tracks to go, do you expect me to go through them one by one? I hope not, because I am not going to. Not because I do not like the music, but simply because structurally and in terms of mood the music is quite similar throughout. So let us skip to the...
After this many tracks, the end conclusion is clear. The music made here is more like a combined art form than simply playing in a band and rocking out right. In fact, nobody rocks. There are stories told in a spoken voice, melodies played, fragments heard, (vocal) samples repeated and I guess there is also plenty of improvisation involved. The overall feel I something in between Laurie Anderson's The Ugly One With The Jewels and Peter Gabriel's soundtrack for The Last Temptation Of Christ with plenty of ethnic elements and occasional freejazz. The result is an unobtrusive avant garde, which can sound disjointed and estranging, but which does have a warm and intimate atmosphere throughout.
Mr. Molotkov is part of the Discord Aggregate, a multimedia collective from San Fancisco. One of his colleagues there is Pamela zero, reviewed on these pages before and also participating on "Can you stay forever?".
As you could expect, the album mostly contains improvised experimental music, but the end result is not as inaccessible as you made think (except for a few passages like 'Bleeding'). In fact, I find it quite an entertaining and colourful patchwork. Especially the combination of surprising sounds and original poetic spoken words works quite well. An album made with a lot of imagination, for those who like travel along the borders of the mind.
"When you are ready / Place a red ribbon / On the edge of the crescent moon."