Black Cube Marriage / Rob Mazurek - Astral Cube

SKU 05-EPR 040CD
"Black Cube Marriage is an ensemble consisting of legendary Chicago-based cornetist and sound manipulator Rob Mazurek (Tortoise, Exploding Star Orchestra, Isotope 217), members of his Brazilian connection São Paulo Underground, Austin-based freeform unit Marriage, and special guests Jonathan Horne (guitar, saxophone) and Steve Jansen (tapes, guitar).
Formed after shows in late 2015, this 11-person ensemble creates waves of sound that can best be described as cathartic. Astral Cube draws from multiple styles and traditions, and the result is a sonic eruption where past, present, north, east, south, organic, and electronic collide and is poured into the unknown.
Traces of cosmic jazz -- think Don Cherry, Pharoah Sanders, Sun Ra -- appear alongside abstract electronics and heavily manipulated instruments -- not unlike Autechre or Matmos. Occasionally the sounds this group creates conjures mental imagery of flourishing nature, colorful wildlife, flowing mountain streams, and ancient rituals -- other times the glistening sonic textures evoke images of buzzing urban power lines or technology gone haywire.
It's ceremonial, yet deeply futuristic music. Powerful, unknown, surreal. A sonic outpouring of light an energy. This is post-everything psychedelia at the outer limits of musical possibilities."
  • LabelEl Paraiso
  • UPC5024545779523
Your Price $17.00

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It says "Think Don Cherry....Sun Ra....",...I'll add think Faust !! I really believe that this one release would appeal to KrautRock fans also. This album has a "free form jazz" sound mixed with most think "free form = SKRONK",but this has it's own inner rhythm and flows. These pieces develop a pulse or beat ,but not any danceable type. Here things come close to Brast Burn(of Japan) ,Faust , or the nebulous/noisy Can cuts. Not yer old man's jazz! Nice short-ish cuts that somehow flow together through jump-cuts and other devices.
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