Speed Queen: Moments Imaginaires (2002)
The eight tracks are varied, not at all programmatic, yet one can make narrative associations with many. Even their titles are atypical; jazzers tend to short titles, and the laptoppers seem to prefer abbreviations. The first track here is “:thank you k for space harmonics body hearING, NG, NGNGNG:” The percussion rattles, and speeds up like a train; then there’s a switch, a shift.
In a sense this is pure music: It’s often difficult to tell which instruments are playing. John Cage would probably approve. Percussion and guitar, surely. Bowed bass? There are major shifts in dynamic range, then silences where you think the disc may have ended. Imagine Captain Beefheart’s “Kandy Korn” or “Mirror Man” horn squawks, but with no rhythm track at all.
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Personnel: Marc Faris, Joe Tunis: guitars, drums, strings, bowls, bows, sampler/delay pedals, reverb units, microphones, cords, amps, keyboards, etc.
Record Label: Carbon 7
Style: Modern Jazz