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8 Armed Monkey

Label: Thirsty Ear Recordings
Released: 2005
Track listing: Sumu; Optikus; Sineen; Absinthe; Keho.

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...


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