Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Schnellertollermeier "X"

Country: Switzerland
Genre(s)Avant Prog, Jazz
LabelCuneiform Records
FormatCD, digital
Release dateJanuary 20, 2015
  1. X
  2. Backyard Lipstick
  3. Riot
  4. Sing For Me
  5. Massacre Du Printemps 
  6. ///\\\///
Andi Schnellmann: bass
Manuel Troller: guitar
David Meier: drums

The brutal-jazz power trio Schnellertollermeier doesn't screw around. Their uncompromising attitude is even apparent before you hear a note of their music -- it's right there in that deliberate tongue-twister of a name. Their fresh and uncompromising mix of jazz, punk, rock, sound and free improvised music, combined with great musicianship, interplay and a lot of energy, immediately hits the bullseye!
The group now had a more clear and more original roadmap they were traveling: the group's 'traditional jazz' elements were being subsumed by the brute energy from rock and experimental music, as well as improvisational soundscapes, minimal music and, finally, jazz in the modern, broad, experimental sense. Additionally the idea of a band sounding like one compact organism, with every element having its own importance and clear function, found its result on X. On X, the traditional function of the instruments - the classic power trio of bass, guitar and drums - have clearly been expanded, the bands energy as well as their compositional and performance qualities are even more intense and original than before. The songs, whether long or short, crushing or ambient, have absolutely no padding on them.

X (excerpt)


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