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Jazz Kamikaze – The Return Of Jazz Kamikaze (2012)

Jazz Kamikaze - The Return Of Jazz Kamikaze (2012)

Jazz Kamikaze are a Danish group, who cite Bach, Radiohead and Coltrane among their many influences.

And those influences show! The major influence here is jazz, as told through the sax, piano and drums; yet the bass and guitar add a decidedly more rock edge to their work. At times the guitars are heavy and distorted and reminiscent of 90s grunge, the sax wails with blistering pace and hair-width accuracy. I feel like the bass could be a bit louder in the mix, it sometimes getting a bit lost and misses what I think is an important ingredient in good jazz (whatever avenue it wants to travel down); I found I had to turn the volume up quite loud to really hear what was being played.

Overall, I think it is a pretty good album. There is a lot of interesting music here and a good mix of rock (especially prog) and jazz.

Favourite tracks: Mitsuhirito, Agent Cooper, Kole

Spotify link: Jazzkamikaze – The Return of Jazzkamikaze
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Indians – Somewhere Else (2012)

Indians - Somewhere Else (2012)

Indians is the adopted moniker of Søren Løkke Juul from Denmark, whose debut album, Somewhere Else, is released on 4AD.

For this blog, as a general thing, I listen to the album of the day a minimum of about three times, and pick through the tracks as I am doing the review; repeated listening is important. I have to admit that when I first listened to Somewhere Else, I really wasn’t taken with it.

Somewhere Else is a dense reverb-laden synth-indie album; at first, I felt that Juul was trying unsuccessfully to emulate some of the less crazy sounding psychedelia of Animal Collective. It was only on repeated listening that I realised that this wasn’t really his intention, and that criticism was unfair, if only slightly.

Somewhere Else isn’t a perfect album by any stretch, but the atmospheric synth and processed vocals certainly give some interest, throughout; however overall, it is just a bit too dense and mostly just passes by and is a bit boring. Imagine a cloud in a blue sky; that is interesting, the more different clouds, the better, until a point when it is just overcast, then it just becomes uninteresting. Repeated listening does engage one slightly more and you can delve into the tracks a bit deeper and it is certainly more interesting, but this isn’t really an album that I will be reaching for too soon in the future.

Drums are largely absent from the album and regrettably  when they do emerge, such as on Reality Sublime and La Femme, they are something of a disappointing, overly simple rhythms and are frankly distracting.

I feel that I have been unduly critical, it is not a terrible album and is worth at least a couple of listens, but it isn’t really my cup of tea.

Favourite tracks: New, Magic Kids, La Femme

Spotify link: Indians – Somewhere Else
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