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Zauss: Trittico Immer All Over
Can you say bizarre? Those are the type of sounds you will here on the latest Zauss recording titled Trittico Immer All Over. Playing on this two CD set are Francesco Zago (electric guitar, loops), Markus Stauss (tenor, soprano and bass saxophone, flute) and Giuseppe Olivini (percussion, theremin).
As with any Zauss recording the new album is a tough nut to crack which may prove to be challenging for even the most hardcore fan of avant-garde music. The first track "Milano Centrale" is a prime example of what's in store. Angular sax lines, although not completely devoid of melody, twist and turn amidst a noise strewn sound collage. The approach is almost minimalistic. Eventually the sounds build into a cacophony of noise before an almost spacey vibe unfurls. It's an incredibly weird tune especially if you have not been exposed to RIO before. "Bicinium" is a much more relaxed and ethereal piece with spacey textures of guitar, loops, sax and theremin. Although still very much in the experimental vein this is perhaps one of the album's more coherent pieces. On "scheinbar" the trio creates a crescendo of noise that is truly bizarre but that's really what you will mostly find here. Huge crescendos, minimalistic and sometimes eerie soundscapes mostly devoid of any structure whatsoever. The previous comment is not intended as a criticism but the way my ears have perceived this music.
The second disc is more of the same; moody and atonal soundscapes that are sometimes jarring offering more than the occasional head scratching moment.
I will say listening to this latest platter from Zauss is a real head trip and there are moments where the occasional hint of beauty almost caught me off guard. Those moments are few and far between as this will only appeal to the most experienced fan of experimental music. Check out the link below to learn more about these artists and their music.
1. Milano Centrale (8:36)
2. Bicinium (6:35)
3. scheinbar (4:11)
4. Neo stazione (4:01)
5. stretto (4:12)
6. wieder Wellen (8:31)
7. plötzlich Drama (8:54)
8. almost happy (4:46)
1. a jazz tune maybe (6:28)
2. schweben (6:16)
3. agitare con violenza (6:54)
4. senza la benché minima eleganza (7:03)
5. Zauss runs the Voodoo down (8 :03)
6. another Sülz (7:06)
7. dahingleiten (3:46)
8. Wind und Wellen (7:09)
Added: September 20th 2017
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Artist's Official Site
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