Far Corner - Endangered CD

SKU Rune 246
"Keyboards, cello, bass and drums cooperate for instrumental "chamber rock" - a synthesis of a heavier progressive style with acoustic elements like cello...with the cello often following a perfectly-intoned tenth above, resulting in a slithery, silky undertow for the band.... Mind-blowing.... fun to listen to...." - Keyboard

"This is not only a very accomplished recording -- it's a very entertaining one." - All Music Guide

An instrumental chamber/classical rock quartet, Far Corner combine group improvisation with completely scored works, composed in a contemporary, post-Bartokian style in an extremely assured way. Far Corner's second release, Endangered, sees the group expanding their sonic palette with a variety of instruments outside of their core piano/organ, bass, cello, and drumset. This release features instruments such as violin, spring drum, melodica, trumpet, and a greater variety of keyboard sounds, as well as a handful of home-made instruments.
Compositionally, the group continues in a predominantly contemporary classical style, augmented by jazz and heavy rock. A long group composition is included, as well as improvised works, and a greater variety of semi-improvisatory sections are included within composed works.
Compared to their first release, these new works embody the individual playing styles of each member, creating more expressive and emotional music with enhanced moods and drama.
Each composition stretches further in a variety of stylistic directions, from the heavy and aggresive metal-styled "Creature Council" to the jazz tune "Not From Around Here" to the dark and experimental works "Inhuman" and "Claws." Great care has been taken to make all tracks work together as a whole, taking the listener on one path, with many diverse stops along the way.
The title Endangered comes from a variety of concepts. The obvious "endangered species" theme may serve as a symbol for the idea that many elements in today's society which were once held dear have become scarce in favor of money-making commercial endeavors. Adventurous music of all types is one of these elements that is threatened, and Far Corner more than does their part to keep it alive.
  • LabelCuneiform
  • UPC045775024622
Your Price $15.00

Customer Reviews

Average Rating

This album has the same personnel as their first disc, but there's been a change of direction; instead of Univers-Zero-meets-Emerson-Lake-and-Palmer, now we have Univers-Zero-meets-Soft-Machine-Third, which is an altogether different hive of knives. The improv bits shamble forward with dark purpose; the composed pieces smash and slash and take no prisoners. Endangered is much more intense, much more focused and much more pure plutonium powerful than the merely excellent debut disc. A contemporary classic.
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This is an excellent record. It is lushly layered and very dark. Compositionally, unequivical. 9 out of 10. Could use some key changes but still a mind blower. That organ! YAWOZA!
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