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Paul Chain : Violet Art Of Improvisation

This is the first of Paul Chain's completely improvised releases. It's perhaps also his strangest as it defies just about all explanations. Neither do I know of anything in the world that sounds even remotely similar. Still, I'll try to give you somewhat of an idea to how this sounds.

The strange journey starts with the organ intro on 'Tetri Teschi In Luce Viola', which by the way is italian for "sad skulls in violet light". Psychedelic name, eh? Well it does fit in with the very psychedelic music. The track uses both a guitar and drums as rhythm instruments. The rhythm is simple and repeats itself every 4-5 seconds throughout the 31 minute long track. But all the wild experimenting with synths, electronic noises and guitar jamming, drowns the rhythm to the point where you lose the focus on it. Not to mention the strange mumbling and echoed vocals. Hence the track doesn't get boring at any one moment.

Just about all the tracks on both LP's contain an unorthodox guitar jamming and lively rock rhythms. But even if the music is lively, it's still quite laid back. This combination is especially prominent in 'Emarginante Viaggio' (translated: "neglecting travel") where a jazzy bass jams along with a rock rhythm. In fact most of the album has this jazzy feeling to it.

But that's of course not all. There are so many minor influences from industrial, hard rock, stoner rock, blues rock, neo-folk, and probably a lot more, that it's impossible to put this under any one genre other than experimental rock. There are even some very minor traditional doom metal influences which can very occasionally be heard. Each of the tracks have their own characteristic blend of these things. Still the atmosphere of the music makes it all fit very well together.

Even though this has to be one of the weirdest releases every made, it has been pulled off so well that it's probably one of the best experimental rock releases ever. Needless to say it's also one of the best releases that mr Chain has produced in his experimental mood. It's not an album which will apply more to doom fans than to fans of other genres. In fact I think this is best enjoyed by those who like psychedelic rock with highly experimental twists or experimental jazz. In general though, you really should listen to it before you buy it as it's clearly not everyone's cup of tea.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Tetri Teschi In Luce Viola
2. Emarginante Viaggio
3. X-Ray

1. Old Way
2. Hypnosis
3. Casual Two Your Mister
4. Celtic Rain
5. Dedicated To Jesus
6. End By End

Duration : Approx. 101 minutes

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Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
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