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Jahroom: Cut-Price Goods + Nyx

My continuing foray into Russian bands have led to my latest discovery Jahroom. The band has been together since 2010 and released their debut EP Nyx in 2012, followed by Cut-Price Goods in 2016 and Snegiri in 2017. This latest offering is a double CD containing the Cut-Price Goods and Nyx albums.

The band’s lineup consists of Alexander Nenashev (bass), Timur Dzhanzakov (drums) and Rasel Rahmen (guitar) plus a few guests on trumpet and saxophone.

This is instrumental music in the rock vein, very much groove and rhythm based, skirting the edges of punk and jam style psychedelia. It’s also pretty catchy beginning with “Cut-32” and its fuzzy toned guitar and fast paced tempo. The beat slows eventually as the band adds some funky and psychedelic flavours. The spiraling guitar textures in “Cut-23” makes for a more dreamy listening experience. The trumpet adds another dimension to its ethereal nature. On “Cut-07” the music is again quite trippy with Konstantin Sukhan’s trumpet sounding very cool. The album’s centerpiece is the twenty-one minute “Cut-02”, an exercise in psychedelic guitar jams and groovy beats. The sax work of Ivan Shanin is quite gorgeous. Then “Cut-34” ends the first disc with a furious rhythm guitar attack and great saxophone from Anton Ponomarev. This one exudes a bit of punk/garage rock attitude.

The second disc contains three tracks; “Cut-21”, “Cut-28” and “Cut-27”. The sounds are similarly psychedelic and the band displays some excellent musicianship. Check out the bass in “Cut-21” as a prime example.

Jahroom is quite an impressive band that most people have never heard of. If you like jam and groove based music with psychedelic tendencies you really should check them out. Recommended.

Another shout out to the Addicted Label for promoting the Russian underground music scene.

Track Listing:
Disc 1 ��" Cut-Price Goods
1. Cut-32
2. Cut-23
3. Cut-34
4. Cut-07
5. Cut-35
6. Cut-02
7. Cut-34

Disc 2 ��" Nyx
1. Cut-21
2. Cut-28
3. Cut-27

Added: March 2nd 2019
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Band @ Bandcamp
Hits: 492
Language: english

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