Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Kandinsky Effect "Somnambulist"

Country: France
Genre(s): Instrumental Jazz, Rock
LabelCuneiform Records
Format CD, digital
Release dateJanuary 20, 2015
  1. Copalchi Distress Signal
  2. Somnambulist
  3. Petit Loup
  4. Flips
  5. Annabelle Chases A Bug
  6. Trits
  7. Koala
  8. Chomsky
  9. Taghzout
  10. Sad Fly
  11. Sunbathing Manatee
  12. Muji
Warren Walker- Saxophone, Effects
Gael Petrina - Bass, Effects
Caleb Dolister - Drums, Percussion

On Somnambulist, The Kandinsky Effect wields its musical power in a welcoming way. Their third album isn't form-eschewing free jazz, nor are the tonalities the trio employs particularly "out". The real revelation -- and revolution -- comes simply in the way saxophonist Warren Walker, bassist Gael Petrina, and drummer Caleb Dolister organize sound.
The trio is a purist's nightmare -- and not only that of a jazz purist either. Since their first, self-titled album came out in 2010, The Kandinsky Effect has been boldly blending jazz with elements of everything from hip-hop to electronic music, making for an idiosyncratic amalgam that never goes exactly where you might expect it to; nothing can completely prepare you for its marriage of groove, atmosphere, and incendiary playing.
Bandleader Walker feels the album is the most effectively conceived collection of what he wryly calls the group's "nerd music" to date. "I feel like I had a clearer idea of what I was looking for in the sound of my compositions and how to approach writing for this group," he says, "it's a sort of coming-of-age piece."
Over the years, the group has traveled extensively, performing multiple trips and tours in Europe, Asia, and North America, perfecting what Dolister calls their "intellectual groove instrumental music." And from the slip-sliding beats and slithering sax lines of opening track "Copalchi Distress Signal" to the insistent pulse and layered, lyrical melodies of closing cut "Muji," there's a feeling of the refinement process reaching fruition on Somnambulist.

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