Monday, June 22, 2015

Joxfield ProjeX – Archives EP 7 – Dark Castle (2013)

/Space rock, Improvised music, Psych-rock, Avant-rock, Electronic, Art rock, Fusion, Experimental rock, Jazz rock, Avant-prog, Kosmische Musik/

Comment: any time I feel tempted to repeat what I have already said in earlier reviews and add something new to more recent issues with regard to Joxfield ProjeX, the Swedish magical duo of Janne Yan Andersson, and Stefan Oax Ek. I recommend search for my interview with Stefan at Recent Music Heroes taken approximately four years ago where he cast light upon their activity, influences, history and something else. More concretely, they are two gentlemen from the two biggest cities In Sweden who started their collaboration exactly 50 years ago while doing it for 10 years. However, their new activity in the embodiment of Joxfield ProjeX was born in 2005 in a small village (Kolpebo) somewhere in between Gothenburg and Stockholm. They just decided to gather over there to create and produce music for its own sake. Indeed, what dedication! Most albums produced so far are being released on their own imprint Tin Can Music, and Moscow-based Clinical Archives. This year, however, they issued a vinyl release, called Casino Royal in collaboration with Acid Mother Temple`s ex-singer and synth player Cotton Casino. The pre-eminent outing was released on Bam Balam, the legendary French imprint for innovative rock music since 1982. Hurry up, it is the limited edition only! Besides, they have collaborated with such progressive rock luminaries as Geoff Leigh, and Pat Mastoletto, and digital culture sociopath Kenji Siratori during this quite short span of time. By the way, Acid Mother Temple`s frontman Makoto Kawabata featured at Submarine Trees on Casino Royal.

At Archives EP – Dark Castle all the sound is produced by themselves only which does not surprise because the EP is a part of the Archives EP series, a bunch if issues which used to reflect upon their early doings in the 00s. It consists of two compositions (Dark Castle; Heavy Oax Missing) replete with more hidden or unveiled sonic layers. The sound is mostly improvised, yet, it chimes in the way the process to be properly managed. And it is actually very fine because allowing to get more focused and bring forth more ingredients and flavours from within. Despite it the more you listen to it the more you will experience vertigo and feel how your foot lose touch with the ground. By regarding the psychedelic music it is the very goal on its own. Musically there are represented incisive guitar strokes and deliberately dysfunctional guitar riffs (reminding of Jimi Hendrix at times) which are permeated with haunting fusion-alike chord progressions and eerie woodwind whiffs somewhere in the middle of it. The other counterpoints come out from rhythm fuelled levels – those obsessively monotonous punches only accentuate the glowering nature of the issue even more. Highly recommended.  
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