Dave Kerman/5uu's: Abandonship (2002)
On this release, Kerman frames many of his thematic forays upon multipart rhythmic structures, evidenced by odd-metered measures, spotty synth treatments, and trance-like unison lines. The drummer also utilizes the talents of sound engineer Udi Koomran, who apparently supplies a portion of the electronics-based effects.
Kerman and his associates execute a booming ostinato during “Suits,” an opus marked by regimented progressions, strategically placed accents, and variegated rhythmical flows. In fact, some of these works spur thoughts of cartoon character escapades, amid nearly indecipherable recitations and a constant state of movement. No doubt, the band aims to keep the listener’s psyche on a continuous state of alert.
Perry vocalizes atop a linearly devised pulse during “Noah’s Flame,” while the musicians perpetuate a quasi-gothic vibe, complete with airy synth voicings and subliminal EFX. This release is partly about gingerly proposed surprises, and it further establishes Kerman’s relevance as a serious composer/musician. Recommended.
Track Listing: 1.Yordei Hasira 2.Couple #3 is a Solo 3.Thoroughly Modern Attila 4.Penguins on Dizengoff 5.Suits 6.Ringing in the New Ear 7.Noah
Personnel: Dave Kerman: compositions, lyrics, instruments
Record Label: Cuneiform Records
Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock