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(the) giants of gender: (the) giants of gender

(the)giants of gender are an experimental/avant-garde trio comprised of Andy Meyer (reeds), Kyle Farrell (vibraphone/percussion), and Jenna Barvitski (violin, viola), whose debut, self-titled album on EdgeTone Records is an almost unclassifiable amalgam of sounds and styles that is ultimately a very demanding and uneasy listen. Combining haunting classical arrangements with passages that touch on jazz, prog, avant-garde, and World music styles, the trio at times comes across like a head on collision between Oregon, Ornette Coleman, and Gentle Giant. Sort of....but not really. Despite the many moments of chaos and dissonant bombast, there are passages of tranquil beauty, like the gorgeous oboe and violin duet on the enchanting "a turtle lives in the waters", and the emotional strains of "Soft Times". Unfortunately, there's not enough of that though, as the trio seems more inclined to crash and bash their way through this release. Listen to the furious assault of drums, violin, and sax cacophony during "Melody For the House", or the monstrous waves of distorted sounds on "As Non Living", for examples of just how avant-garde these three can take their music. For the most part, quite a bit of this debut seems anything but music, but like I mentioned earlier, there are enough moments of real beauty here to think that (the) giants of gender have only just begun, and we might see something really meaningful from them yet.

Track Listing

  1. perennial plant
  2. go barefoot
  3. monogram
  4. a turtle lives in the waters
  5. melody for the house
  6. soft times
  7. tyler liver in a warehouse complex
  8. as non-living

Added: February 25th 2008
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band's My Space Page
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Language: english

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