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Paul Chain - The Improvisor : Master of All Times

Possibly the strangest of all the albums released by Paul Chain. It seems to create a continuum where time floats around without any kind of order recognizable to us humans. In fact it's so odd that during the first few listens the music is more likely to annoy you than to be of interest. But not to worry, because as you get used to the utterly unorthodox sound the annoyance will fade into facination.

Paul plays all the instruments himself and all of them are completely improvised - not a single note was pre-written. The instruments include a flute, piano, industrial crackling noises, assorted mellow and disturbing synths, drums, and what sounds like a Hammond organ. It's probably obvious to everyone that this isn't exactly a Doom Metal release, nor a metal release of any kind for that matter. This is more closely linked to electronica and industrial, but with a rock rhythm thanks to the drums. [edit by author: I've later come to realize that this is a krautrock influence.]

The album has a lot of similarities to 'Sign From Space' and 'Cosmic Wind' when it comes to the feeling of the music. It's as laid back as those two, but instead of being extremely spacey, 'Master of All Times' has developed into mind altering strangeness. This is in no way music that would fit anyone's taste. This is music for the select few who enjoy experimental electronica.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Strange Philosophy Of Life
2. Spiritual Way
3. Inexplicable Inwardness
4. Water Of The Veriety
5. Hoping For Better Things

Duration : Approx. 40 minutes

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Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
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