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Mats/Morgan: Trends and Other Diseases (reissue)

Basking in the wake of Frank Zappa, Mats/Morgan take up the mantle and proliferate Zappa's pioneering efforts of expanding rock's musical envelope. Swedish wunderkinds Mats Öberg (keyboards) and Morgan Ĺgren (drums) have reissued their debut effort from 1995 boasting a lengthy bonus track.

The opening track "I See You," hints at an eastern melody intertwined in a "musical notebook" of idea "noodling." A interesting musical interlude breaks the "demo" feel of the track. My favorite track is an eerie little ditty named "Guardian Witch" with its atonal sequencing juxtaposed by insanely percussive slap-bass, lilting vocal harmonies, "laughing man" looped sample, and avant-garde guitar solo. "Fire and Audio" is the next stand out track as it is a jazz fusion tour de force, complete with innovative trumpets and Bill Bruford – Earthworks qualities. The remainder of the CD sounds like a collection of loose, improvisations recorded for prosperity. This CD is a noble start or introduction to the Mats/Morgan experience. Not for Everyone.

Track Listing
1 I See You
2 Trottsov
3 Guardian Witch
4 Stupid Bagatelle
5 Russin Lask
6 Read My Thoughts Part 1
7 Read My Thoughts Part 2
8 Fire and Audio
9 Please Tell Me
10 Trash Romantic Land
11 Sockeplast
12 What's That Guy's Name?
13 Fialka's House
14 Advokaten
15 The Krupa Question
16 Agent Soda
17 Mamma
18 Vault Soup Medley, Vol. 1

Added: February 18th 2009
Reviewer: Jon Rice
Related Link: Cuneiform Records
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Language: english

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