Monday, August 14, 2017

Marrach – Swing With A Black Dog (2017)



  • Jazz 
  • Electronic music 
  • Improvised music 
  • Cool jazz 
  • Film noir 
  • Alternative 
  • Mood music

Comment: Martinas Rakshtinas, the pride of the Lithuanian underground music is being known under a swarm of pseudonyms which in turn does mean he has been a prolific artist for the last 2-3 years. Lately I had reviewed one of the issues by him under the nom de plume Mirth Naarc and the outing was named FX (2016, Free Music Archive). The 3-notch issue entitled ominously Swing With A Black Dog and thereby tipping off about the parlous allusions with the Lucifer is a turn of 360 degrees in comparison to FX. The last mentioned release was techno, electro and experimental hip-hop blended one though which ultimately turned into quite oppressive by its mood and outfit. The album in consideration is musically slowed-down, smoky and noir tinged behind that sonic curtain the Devil is playing with human beings and their souls as marionettes. Bold minor chords on a piano are backed up with volatile trumpet played tooting and kit drum shuffles and superficial electronic effects atop and behind it. The predominant silence induced layers add seductive touch to get craftily immersed in the rest set of layers. Another impression is as lofty as well due to Miles Davis is playing woeful cool jazz numbers in front of the Fallen Angel himself. The outing is a part of the discography of a stalwart Portuguese imprint, Enough Records (or simply enoughrecords). In a nutshell, the whole impression is emotionally striking and at the same time showing us something coming out from the pit. Put a spell on you.
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