213

Metamorphosis: DIP

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
This Czechoslovakia based quartet displays several contrasting musical forces, as they combine electro-acoustic guitars with bowed string instruments amid rhythms that generally don’t sit still. At times, the quartet conveys a slight resemblance to a few of the progressive “Rock In Opposition” groups, such as Univers Zero and others. Although, these folks have designed a signature style of their own.

The ensemble fuses European folk with chamber-like themes amid fiercely woven passages and much more. Three quarters of the ensemble share vocal duties. Many of these pieces feature complementing strings and guitar episodes in concert with the artists’ foreboding and sometimes whispery vocals. However, the element of surprise surfaces on more than one occasion. Essentially, they cover quite a bit of ground, largely due to coherently organized arrangements, joyful musings, and climactic overtures. On “Sabah,” the musicians create a paradox of sorts as they intertwine haunting balladry with jubilant choruses. With “Knecht,” Martin Alacam and Richard Deutsch’s dark, mystical electric guitar movements provide an otherworldly edge to a work brimming with celebratory wordless vocals. Thus, a magical beauty permeates this superb offering! And while others have done it before, few have attained the far-reaching realizations that this ensemble brings to the table. To that end, this band’s heterogeneous approach speaks volumes. (Vigorously recommended)

Leo Records

Metamorphosis


Track Listing: 1.Love & Napalm 2.Under The Sun 3.Paserak 4.Mina 5.Sabah 6.DIP 7.Good Night, Michael Knight 8.Knecht 9.Stubnitz 10.Sudler

Personnel: Martin Alacam: acoustic guitar, vocals, electric guitar

Title: DIP | Year Released: 2003 | Record Label: Leo Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read A Night Walking Through Mirrors CD/LP/Track Review A Night Walking Through Mirrors
by Barry Witherden
Published: September 21, 2017
Read Jondo CD/LP/Track Review Jondo
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 21, 2017
Read Jazz Flute Traditions CD/LP/Track Review Jazz Flute Traditions
by Roger Farbey
Published: September 21, 2017
Read Nerve Dance CD/LP/Track Review Nerve Dance
by John Sharpe
Published: September 21, 2017
Read Déjà Vu CD/LP/Track Review Déjà Vu
by Troy Dostert
Published: September 20, 2017
Read Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts CD/LP/Track Review Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: September 20, 2017
Read "LifeCycle" CD/LP/Track Review LifeCycle
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 23, 2017
Read "Black Shuck" CD/LP/Track Review Black Shuck
by Karl Ackermann
Published: December 19, 2016
Read "Time for the Dancers" CD/LP/Track Review Time for the Dancers
by Jack Bowers
Published: August 30, 2017
Read "How to Build a City" CD/LP/Track Review How to Build a City
by Jim Olin
Published: January 1, 2017
Read "The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture" CD/LP/Track Review The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture
by Troy Dostert
Published: April 13, 2017
Read "Together, As One" CD/LP/Track Review Together, As One
by Ian Patterson
Published: February 16, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.