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Kárpát Möbius is Sándor Cziránku, “Barbaro” on guitar and István Csik, “Kashmir” on (Marc Anderson-ish) percussion. I really like the raw energy and rebellious joy inherent in this release. Cziránku and Csik seek to unleash lost modes of music by free improv based on the “genetic imprints” of all the music of cultures of the planet, even the lost ones! So what’s this stuff sound like? Envision a gestalt of Hungarian folk motifs, hordes of nomadic hunters on horseback, wild dances by bonfires, garage-days Metallica, Hendrixian abandon, Steve Tibbetts/Marc Anderson ripping it up, howling wolves, cold winds coursing through the Carpathian heights, thunderclaps, echoplexed riffs, reverby overdriven axe growls, and flashes of Darryl Dobson-ian fusion. The CD insert shows 20 tracks of indecipherable Hungarian names. A picture of a doubleneck electric guitar like John McLaughlin and Stan Whitaker used is a good clue to the eclectic mayhem happening here. There is even a Zeuhlian tone is these bizarre songs. I have but one complaint and one suggestion. First off, this recording is not the best mix I have heard. The percussion is okay but the guitar is somtimes weak, one-dimensional, and distant in the mix, (garage days, echo-laden, and somewhat muddy at times). Second, I suggest Cziránku and Csik find some bandmates and do this type tunes again! This material has very high potential for seriously interesting ethno-jazz-rock, world-fusion. I’d love to hear this stuff reworked with a bass/Stick, fiddle, and keys added! My hats to you guys for getting this eclectically tasty morsel out into the light! Recommended world-fusion and weird-rock.


Reprinted with the permission of John Collinge and Progression Magazine .


Title: Kuruczlemez | Year Released: 1999 | Record Label: Trottel Records


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