Endless Floods New Album II Due Jan. 6

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 23rd, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Preorders start Dec. 5 for the second album from Bordeaux-based doomers Endless Floods. Aptly titled II, the record itself will arrive right after the New Year as a follow-up to the band’s 2015 self-titled debut and a split with the Netherlands’ Uur and finds issue on vinyl through Dry Cough Records and the band’s own Fvtvrecordings, as well as cassette via Breathe Plastic Records. You don’t need me to tell you this, but Dry Cough and Breathe Plastic are two labels who’ve done an excellent job keeping their ears to the ground over the last several years for all things sludgy and extreme, so while there hasn’t been any audio come to the surface from II yet, it might be one to watch out for as we plunge deeper into winter’s biting harshness.

I’ll turn it over to the PR wire for particulars:

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French craftsmen of despair ENDLESS FLOODS to release their doom-laden new LP “II” this January 6th.

France’s cathartic doom specialists ENDLESS FLOODS announce the release of their second full-length “II” this January 6th. A realm of darkness awaits.

Following on from their self-titled debut and split EP with Dutch doomsters Uur, ENDLESS FLOODS’ new album “II” will be released this January 6th, 2017 on vinyl format via Dry Cough Records and Fvtvrecordings, and on cassette tape via Breathe Plastic Records.

On this new offering, the French trio digs deeper within the realm of bleakness they established on their debut “Endless Floods”, making the listener enter a trance-like contemplation through the 20+ minute-long monoliths “Impasse” and “Procession”. In the same vein as their previous works, ENDLESS FLOODS blend their doom and sludge origins with noisier tones and crisper drone-sounding parts, following their path in a never-ending land of heavy. Straight from the limbo, crushing, boundary-free doom.

ENDLESS FLOODS – New album “II”
Out January 6th on Dry Cough Records / Breathe Plastic Records
Vinyl pre-orders from December 5th

The Bordelais trio released their self-titled debut in 2015, which was reissued on cassette tape via Breathe Plastic Records in February 2016. The band subsequently released a split EP with Dutch doomers UUR this May, which artwork was designed by Derek Setzer. The prolific ENDLESS FLOODS have already announced the release of their sophomore full-length “II” this January 6th, 2017 on vinyl via Dry Cough Records and the band’s label Fvtvrecordings, as well as on cassette tape via Breathe Plastic Records.

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Soggy Self-Titled Reissue Due Dec. 9

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 7th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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We’re fortunate to live in an age of such prevalent rock and roll archaeology, and if you don’t think so, go dig around the YouTubes and check out French four-piece Soggy‘s cover of The Stooges‘ mega-classic “I Wanna be Your Dog.” As a fan of Euro-accented heavy rock in general, I’ll just spoil it for you and say it fucking rules. I’d never heard the band before getting this news about the impending Outer Battery Records reissue of their self-titled compilation — originally out in 2008, made up of recordings from 1980 and 1981 — but the blend of punk and pre-NWOBHM tonal buzz one finds therein is sure to turn a few heads these 35-plus years later. Turned mine, anyhow.

Apparently The Shrine covered these guys on stage with Soggy frontman Beb sitting in on vocals. We should all be blessed with such good taste.

Reissue is out Dec. 9. From the PR wire:

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Outer Battery Records to Release Cult LP from French Heavy Rock Band SOGGY

Outer Battery Records will release the cult, self-titled album by French heavy rock band SOGGY on December 9. The 11-track album was previously pressed by Memoire Neuve Records and limited to just 300 copies, meaning the album is now a sought after purchase by serious record collectors. Check out the album trailer, featuring the band’s 1981 single, “Waiting for the War”, at THIS location.

Formed in 1978, SOGGY started out playing covers of Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, MC5 and The Stooges but quickly began writing their own songs and developed a unique style, mixing hard rock and punk rock in a Stooges vein. They christened their style “hard wave”. In April of ’81 the “Waiting for the War” 7” was released and a video was shot for French TV. After more than 100 concerts, the band split up in July of 1982 (although they were supposed to be the opening act for the Judas Priest European tour), but their cult status has only grown over the years. This release from Outer Battery is the full LP, including tracks from the “Waiting for the War” single.

More recently, SOGGY frontman, Beb, has returned to the stage for the first time in over 35 years! California skate rock band The Shrine recorded a cover of “Waiting For The War” which caught the Frenchman’s attention and the two joined forces on stage in Paris (for the first time) and across stages in Europe, last year.

Track listing:
1.) 47 Chromosomes
2.) Lay Down A Lot
3.) I Feel Top Of The World
4.) Cellulitis is the Top of the Shapeless Body
5.) Down The Shops
6.) I Wanna Be Your Dog (The Stooges)
7.) Waiting For The War
8.) Cursed Boy
9.) Slider
10.) Let’s Go Together
11.) Lost My Brain

In addition to front man Beb, SOGGY features Eric Dars (guitar), François Tailleur (bass) and Olivier Hennegrave (drums).

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Mars Red Sky Post “Alien Grounds” Short Movie

Posted in Bootleg Theater on October 21st, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Mars Red Sky have released a series of videos over the last five or six years, and they usually follow a similar pattern. They’re homemade, comprised mostly of found footage, etc. There have been exceptions along the way, as with 2015’s clip for “The Light Beyond” (posted here), but to generalize, they’re meant to showcase the song more than a direct visual narrative. Not so the short film Alien Grounds which takes “Apex III” and “Sapphire Vessel,” the first two tracks from the Bordeaux trio’s third and latest album, Apex III (Praise for the Burning Soul) (review here), and puts them to a science fiction narrative that comes told through visuals as lush as the band’s melodies and a professional production of a level yet unseen from them.

The result of a successful crowdfunding campaign earlier this year, Alien Grounds starts out by finding a clever mechanism to tell its story, to give the viewer background and insight into what’s happening and what’s going to happen, and then unfolds in a manner complementary to the way “Apex III” acts as the intro to the album. There’s an astronaut, an apparent kidnapping, a bit of rocking out, a bit of horror, and an apparent space-cult who use the same hand-sign as the hippies from my (second) favorite episode of Star Trek — think “we reach” — and teleport the hero of our narrative to a distant planet he heretofore thought was of his own creation. Very cool stuff all around, and easy to get lost in the story as well as in the music, so mark it a double-win for the band.

After coming to the States earlier this year to play, among other gigs, The Obelisk All-Dayer and Psycho Las Vegas, the progressive heavy psych three-piece are once again hitting the road this week in Europe. They’ve got shows booked through next month and into December that you can find listed below, along with more info on the video and the cast featured.

And don’t get me wrong, I like those homemade-style videos. This is just something special and that’s worth pointing out.

Enjoy:

Mars Red Sky, “Alien Grounds: Apex III/Sapphire Vessel”

Cool vintage car, handsome actors, crazy spaceship, dangerous alien, odd dive bar…

ALIEN GROUNDS is based on the 2 first tracks of our last album APEX III (Praise for the Burning Soul). Directed by Sébastien Antoine.

Music: “Alien Grounds” – “Apex III” – “Sapphire Vessel”

Starring: Yan Tual, Dan Bronchinson, Victoria Cyr, Grégory Dreyfus, Jean-Claude Tisserand

MARS RED SKY Live:
Oct 27 Alte Hackerei Karlsruhe, Germany
Oct 28 Klubovna Prague, Czech Republic
Oct 29 festival Soulstone Gathering Cracow, Poland
Oct 30 Klub Firlej Wroclaw, Poland
Oct 31 Ostpol Dresden, Germany
Nov 02 La Sirène La Rochelle, France
Nov 10 6 PAR 4 Laval, France
Nov 11 La Nouvelle Vague Saint Malo, France
Nov 12 Monteray Live Stage Kyiv, Ukraine
Nov 18 CAVE A MUSIQUE Macon, France
Nov 19 FILE 7 Magny Le Hongre, France
Dec 10 PAUL B. Massy, France
Dec 16 Le Poche Bethune, France
Dec 17 La Fourmi Limoges, France

MARS RED SKY:
Julien Pras (vocals, guitar)
Jimmy Kinast (bass, vocals)
Matgaz (drums)

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Abrahma Announce New Lineup; Third Album in Progress

Posted in Whathaveyou on October 20th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Parisian heavy progressive rockers Abrahma have a new lineup and a new record in the making under the working title In Time for the Last Rays of Light. Last we heard from the band, they had posted a cover of Nazareth‘s “Witchdoctor Woman” intended to be used as part of the Underdogma Records tribute compilation Go Down Fighting that has yet to materialize. Not to say it won’t; just hasn’t yet. Their last album, Reflections in the Bowels of a Bird (review here), came out in Spring 2015, and noting some personal setbacks, they’ve undergone this reworking around guitarist/vocalist/keyboardist Sebastien Bismuth and guitarist Nicolas Heller, parting ways with brothers Guillaume Colin (bass) and Benjamin Colin (drums), and bringing in new bassist Guillaume Theoden and drummer Sacha Viken to move forward.

Moving forward, as it happens, is exactly what Abrahma did with Reflections in the Bowels of a Bird, the somewhat gruesome title doing little to convey the many textures on hand throughout, unless I suppose one counts the visceral nature of their origins — the album was nothing if not from the guts. It was a considerable leap from 2012’s Through the Dusty Paths of Our Lives (review here), and took a moodier approach overall while holding firm to the underlying current of songwriting that established such potential on the debut.

Stay tuned obviously for more updates from Abrahma and on In Time for the Last Rays of Light, or whatever it might finally wind up being called, as we shift into winter and ahead into 2017. These guys are always worth keeping tabs on.

Bismuth sent along the following brief word:

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Abrahma welcomes two new members, Guillaume Theoden on bass and Sacha Viken on drums. We wish lots of luck to the Colin brothers for their killer new project!!

We are currently working on the new album which will go deeper in the soundscape we started to explore on Reflections in the Bowels of a Bird.

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Dot Legacy Unveil Video for “211” from New Album To the Others

Posted in Bootleg Theater on October 11th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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It’s been, what, weeks, since Dot Legacy last unveiled a video for their upcoming second album, To the Others? Fair enough for the quick turnaround on a follow-up to “Story of Fame,” and “211” takes more of a GoPro, capture-the-live-set approach than did that previous video outing, so I can get the Parisian four-piece wanting to give a different look ahead of the album’s Nov. 25 release on Setalight Records. Likewise, I’ll take a different approach to writing about it.

By no means an exhaustive list, but here are three things to like about Dot Legacy‘s new video for the track “211”:

  • 1. Riotousness.
    It makes complete sense to me that Dot Legacy would be hitting the road with Truckfighters following the album’s release. If you’re gonna go out, go out with the masters of the form. In tone and in the apparent fervency of their live execution, Dot Legacy show themselves to have learned distinctly from the Swedish trio’s methods — yet not simply aped them either — so it seems only fair that the two acts should give each other workout on stages across Europe this fall. Would be an interesting run to see.
  • 2. Brashness.
    As you listen to “211,” note the ease with which Dot Legacy twist from the high-octane initial burst of the song to its calmer midsection and then to the audience sing-along portion nearer the end? You know how a band does that? By doing it. There’s one way to pull off hard left turns like that in songwriting, and that’s with clearheaded confidence, which is something Dot Legacy display all across To the Others.
  • 3. The Hook.
    Both “Story of Fame” and their 2014 self-titled debut (review here) had plenty to offer in terms of songwriting as well, but I think especially if you pair the two new tracks together you can get a sense of the progression Dot Legacy have willfully undertaken over the last two years. That growth comes from time on the road, to be sure, but there are a lot of bands who tour and not all of them are able to translate that into the kind of productive forward step in the studio that they are here.

Just some stuff to think about as you make your way through. Dot Legacy are in the process of wrapping a tour with Valley of the Sun and as noted they’ll head out again next month alongside Truckfighters and the new configuration of Deville. Find the remaining dates for the current tour and for the next one under the clip below.

And please enjoy:

Dot Legacy, “211” official video

Dot Legacy live:
Remaining dates with Valley of the Sun:

11/10 – Cluj-Napoca, Romania – The Shelter
12/10 – Bucharest, Romania – Fabrica Club
13/10 – Sofia, Bulgaria – Mixtape
14/10 – Larissa, Greece – Stage Club
15/10 – Athens, Greece – Death Disco

With Truckfighters & Deville – Plus more dates to be announced soon…
25/11 – Koln, Germany – Underground
26/11 – Nancy, France – Le Hublot
27/11 – Paris, France – Venue TBA
28/11 – Nantes, France – Venue TBA
4/12 – Birmingham, UK – Rainbow
5/12 – Glasgow, UK – King Tuts
6/12 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
7/12 – Bristol, UK – Thekla
8/12 – Manchester, UK – The Ruby Lounge
9/12 – London, UK – Islington Academy
10/12 – Brighton, UK – Green Door Store

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Dot Legacy to Release To the Others Nov. 25; Video Posted; Tour Dates Start this Week

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 21st, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Lots of news from Parisian heavy rockers Dot Legacy. Most pressing is the fact that they start their tour with Valley of the Sun tomorrow in the UK, but they’ve also unveiled a new video for “Story of Fame” — because, yes, you know you want to hear the riff from “Raining Blood” reworked as lounge fuzz; yes you do, don’t even lie and say you don’t — and announced the album from whence it comes, titled To the Others and due out Nov. 25 on Setalight Records. The new outing is the follow-up to their 2014 self-titled debut (review here), and when they’re done with the Valley of the Sun tour, they’ll be out with Truckfighters and Deville in Nov. and Dec., finishing up where they started in the UK just before the holiday season kicks in.

The first record was right on and I’ll look forward to hopefully getting to hear the second, but you can check out the “Story of Fame” video below to get a sampling and dig into the info that follows here, courtesy of the PR wire:

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DOT LEGACY announce new album and tours with Truckfighters and Valley Of The Sun

When Dot Legacy formed in 2009 in a Parisian basement, little did the fuzzed-out French quartet know that their seemingly unattainable dream to one day release albums, tour the world and share stages with some of rock’s finest was in fact anything but impossible.

Over seven years on and with countless gigs clocked up over several European and South American tours with the likes of Blues Pills, Mars Red Sky and Truckfighters, the band returns this November with To The Others, the follow up to their hugely impressive 2014 self-titled debut.

Inspired by the space race and mankind’s desire to discover, To The Others pursues two avenues of exploration; complete freedom of composition and collective creativity. Written by the band while on the road and recorded and produced by bass player/vocalist and Emmy Award-winner Damien Quintard the album not only captures the gain-addled fury of the band’s esoteric brand of “Energy Rock”, it also displays two distinct sides to Dot Legacy. The one side that uniquely seeks to experiment and weave multifaceted arrangements out of great ideas and impressive musicianship, and the other that simply aims to rock out and make you dance.

To support the release of the album, the band will be taking part in two massive tours with Valley Of The Sun and Truckfighters, hitting more than thirty-five European cites between September and December (For the list of confirmed dates so far see below.)

To The Others will receive a worldwide release on 25th November 2016 via Germany’s Setalight Records.

Tour Dates:
With Valley Of The Sun…
22/9 – Manchester, UK – Rebellion (Presented by Snuff Lane)
23/9 – Bristol, UK – The Mother’s Ruin (Presented by Snuff Lane)
24/9 – London, UK – The Unicorn (Presented by Snuff Lane)
25/09 – Amsterdam, NL – The Cave
27/9 – Malle, Belgium – Jeugdhuis Babylon
28/9 – Ghent, Belgium – Kinky Star
29/9 – Caen, France – La Demeuree
30/9 – Nantes, France – La Scene Michelet
1/10 – Paris, France – Espace B
3/10 – Poitiers, France – Le Cluricaume Cafe
4/10 – Olten, Switzerland – Le Coq d’Or
5/10 – Munich, Germany – 8 Below
6/10 – Berlin, Germany – Urban Spree
7/10 – Halle, Germany – Rockpool eV
8/10 – Chemnitz, Germany – Zukunft
11/10 – Cluj-Napoca, Romania – The Shelter
12/10 – Bucharest, Romania – Fabrica Club
13/10 – Sofia, Bulgaria – Mixtape
14/10 – Larissa, Greece – Stage Club
15/10 – Athens, Greece – Death Disco

With Truckfighters & Deville – Plus more dates to be announced soon…
25/11 – Koln, Germany – Underground
26/11 – Nancy, France – Le Hublot
27/11 – Paris, France – Venue TBA
28/11 – Nantes, France – Venue TBA
4/12 – Birmingham, UK – Rainbow
5/12 – Glasgow, UK – King Tuts
6/12 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
7/12 – Bristol, UK – Thekla
8/12 – Manchester, UK – The Ruby Lounge
9/12 – London, UK – Islington Academy
10/12 – Brighton, UK – Green Door Store

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Mars Red Sky Announce Fall European Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 12th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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I’m not sure I can even begin to convey yet how much of a pleasure it was to host Mars Red Sky at the first-ever The Obelisk All-Dayer last month in Brooklyn. Being able to bring them to New York to play where they’d never been before for that gig (wrap here) was so special to me, and they were the perfect cap for the night, their blend of sweet melody and heavy tones just right for the vibe of the whole day. I don’t want to sound like I’m tooting my own horn or anything, it’s just that it worked out better than I could’ve hoped and I’m still thrilled about it.

By now, the Bordeaux-based trio have wrapped their shows on both US coasts about a week ago, also stopping at the venerable Psycho Las Vegas along their way from the Eastern Seaboard to the West, and they’ve just announced their next run through Europe — actually it’s already happening when you consider they played Reverence Valada this past weekend — with shows taking them into December to round out the year as they continue to support the stellar Apex III (Praise for the Burning Soul) (review here) on Listenable Records.

Dates follow, as seen on the social medias:

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MARS RED SKY Fall 2016 tour:
Sep 17 La Poudrière Belfort, France
Oct 01 La Nef AngoulÊme, France
Oct 04 Petit Bain Paris, France
Oct 07 Le Rocher de Palmer Cenon, France
Oct 14 LE HUBLOT Nancy, France
Oct 15 Le Brise Glace Annecy, France
Oct 16 LE POSTE A GALENE Marseille, France
Oct 27 Alte Hackerei Karlsruhe, Germany
Oct 28 Klubovna Prague, Czech Republic
Oct 29 festival Soulstone Gathering Cracow, Poland
Oct 30 Klub Firlej Wroclaw, Poland
Oct 31 Ostpol Dresden, Germany
Nov 02 La Sirène La Rochelle, France
Nov 10 6 PAR 4 Laval, France
Nov 11 La Nouvelle Vague Saint Malo, France
Nov 12 Monteray Live Stage Kyiv, Ukraine
Nov 18 CAVE A MUSIQUE Macon, France
Nov 19 FILE 7 Magny Le Hongre, France
Dec 10 PAUL B. Massy, France
Dec 16 Le Poche Bethune, France
Dec 17 La Fourmi Limoges, France

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Mars Red Sky, Live at Psycho Las Vegas 2016

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Hifiklub vs. Fatso Jetson & Gary Arce, Double Quartet Serie Vol. 1

Posted in audiObelisk, Reviews on September 9th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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[Click play above to stream Double Quartet Serie Vol. 1 by Hifiklub vs. Fatso Jetson & Gary Arce in full. Album is out next month on Subsound Records.]

In 1960, saxophonist and composer Ornette Coleman recorded Free Jazz with what was deemed a “double quartet,” including two trumpets, two basses, himself, a clarinet, and two drummers, each quartet playing in one channel. Roman label Subsound Records would seem to be following that blueprint with the beginning of its own Double Quartet Serie Volume 1 that pits Californian desert rock mainstays Fatso Jetson and Gary Arce of Yawning Man in right channel and Toulon, France-based experimentalists Hifiklub.

The project, the connections to jazz for which can be found through the general spirit of improvisational exploration more than swapping solos or anything like that, was recorded in Coxinhell Studio in Southern France. Fatso Jetson were working with the lineup of guitarist/vocalist Mario Lalli, bassist Dino von Lalli and drummer Tony Tornay on a European tour with Yawning Man, and Hifiklub — who in the past have collaborated with Mike Watt, Lee Renaldo of Sonic Youth, and Alain Johannes, who mixed and mastered this release, are comprised of bassist/vocalist Régis Laugier, guitarist Nicolas Morcillo, art-and-stuff-ist Arnaud Maguet and drummer Pascal Abbatucci Julien.

Eight dudes, in a room together, making their way through seven tracks/37:41 of improv vibing, it’s no wonder one can hear bits and pieces of conversation taking place throughout, though that might also be samples playing through the songs. With such a wide-open sonic range, it’s important to acknowledge any number of possibilities for what could be happening at any given moment.

Goes without saying that Hifiklub vs. Fatso Jetson + Gary Arce, as a whole, eight-piece unit, are tailor-made for headphones. Any single one of those entities would be headphone-worthy on their own, and together, their sounds coming through different channels on the vast “A la Fin Je l’Espère Calme,” that’s even more the case. The album glides through a suitably varied scope of moods, from the rolling, massive-in-the-low-end march of side A closer “Glorious Whores” — also the longest cut at 8:02 — to the noise-wash build of “Safe in Pieces,” which is almost straightforward compared to some of what’s going on.

That’s not to say there isn’t a sense of structure throughout. Beginning with “Tenderloin Vignette” (video premiere here), Double Quartet Serie Vol. 1 pairs longer tracks with shorter ones. It’s not that “Tenderloin Vignette” is a rocker and the subsequent “Un Gribouillis De La Beauté” (3:10) an interlude — both keep a consistent focus on ambience — but it seems more about different jams working in different ways depending on which element is in the lead.

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“Tenderloin Vignette” follows the guitar and “Un Gribouillis De La Beauté” presents a more sparse, key-led wash that gets immediately contrasted by the double-drum solo from Tornay and Julien at the launch of “Glorious Whores,” soon enough joined by a bass tone so rumbling it’s almost funny that turns out to be a defining aspect of the song around which the guitars and drums build to a considerable plod.

There are vocals on several of the tracks, “Glorious Whores” among them, but no discernible lyrics to form a verse/chorus trade, which only underscores the dudes-in-a-room-playing-off-the-cuff spirit of the record as a whole. None of these players are strangers to improv or to collaboration, so to have them working together is still an experiment, but definitely one that benefits from their general readiness to plug in and play.

And the shorter, more atmospheric pieces — “Un Gribouillis De La Beauté,” “Black Without White,” “A la Fin Je l’Espère Calme” — do much to avoid a “sessions” kind of feel, adding range to the project overall and giving context to the post-grunge guitar work on “Safe in Pieces” or the dreamy meld in “Tenderloin Vignette.” That tradeoff becomes even more apparent on side B, with four tracks beginning with “Black Without White” leading into “Safe in Pieces” and the pair of “A la Fin Je l’Espère Calme” and “The Rocky Road to Holiness” closing out.

More conversation is had — literal and figurative — as guitars play off each other in “A la Fin Je l’Espère Calme,” but with how fluidly they do so, it would be easy to listen to a a whole record of nothing but that, particularly with the keys surrounding. To call it a jam I guess is fair enough, but it’s more of a standalone piece, and it comes apart to let the quiet start of the finale set its mood with more foreboding guitar, toms and cymbal wash, introducing chanting before the two-minute mark and dropping out circa 2:30 into its 7:29 to let the guitar introduce the figure on which “The Rocky Road to Holiness” will roll Double Quartet Serie Vol. 1 to its conclusion, both drummers working in lockstep as the bass and guitars build around them.

By the time they’re about five minutes deep, they’ve brought the wash to its head, and topping it with some “ohh”-type vocals from one side, the other, or both, it’s a cohesive way to cap the release as it winds down, underscoring the point that throughout, it’s not so much a case of Fatso Jetson and Gary Arce opposing Hifiklub as working in concert with them. I said as much with the video premiere, but really, what the eight-piece Hifiklub vs. Fatso Jetson + Gary Arce conjure is molten to the point of liquidity, and with how well they fit together, Double Quartet Serie Vol. 1 is able to engage front-to-back with a genuine sense of adventure and immersive depth.

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