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KTU: 8 Armed Monkey

Read "8 Armed Monkey" reviewed by Paul Olson

King Crimson percussionist Pat Mastellotto and ex-Crim Warr guitarist Trey Gunn (who work together as the duo TU) combine with accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen and samples maven Samuli Kosminen (known together as Kluster) to form KTU--pronounced “K2." 8 Armed Monkey was essentially recorded live in Tokyo and Helsinki--the basic tracks, anyway--and then edited and structured by Mastelotto after the fact. While this is dense, often electronically-imbued music, it can essentially be played live; its teeming stew of samples and live playing ...

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Ktu: 8 Armed Monkey

Read "8 Armed Monkey" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Finnish accordion player Kimmo Pohjonen's compositions tend to lead him into ecstacy and a wild, orgiastic release. Pohjonen usually starts playing sitting, as calm as if he was tranquilized by shamanic medicine, but soon he surrenders to flushes of musical energy that hit him and push him into a twisted dance that challenges his huge accordion, until the inevitable climax. The same scenario repeats with each of Pohjonen's projects--solo, the Kluster duo with percussionist and sampling genius Samuli Kosminen, his ...

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Ktu: 8 Armed Monkey

Read "8 Armed Monkey" reviewed by Michael McCaw

KTU, pronounced K2, has a lot of things working against it when it comes to finding potential listeners. When someone picks up an album that consists of musicians performing with a Warr guitar, vocal samples, rhythmic devices, and accordion, there isn't a reference point to really draw on that would even come close to the sounds these four individuals are able to create through their talents of alchemy. What they do have going for them is being on the consistently ...


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