Eyal Maoz - Asaf Sirkis: The Lie Detectors Part III - Secret Unit

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New York-based guitarist Eyal Maoz (John Zorn, Lou Reed) and London-based drummer Asaf Sirkis (Markus Reuter, Mark Wingfield) are childhood friends, hailing from Rehovot, Israel. Although each musician is quite busy via numerous projects on a global scale, they've managed to produce three duo albums. On Part III, the musicians seemingly operate with the force of a supercharged V8 engine.

Maoz has aligned with composer, producer and saxophonist John Zorn's radical Jewish culture underpinnings, namely on Tzadik Records among other disparate journeys. Indeed, he's a multifaceted guitarist whose clever use of distortion techniques inject a polytonal seasoning into the program, complemented by Sirkis' thunderous backbeats and complex fills, paralleling much of his work for MoonJune Records, featuring guitar hero Mark Wingfield and other notables.

On several tracks the duo dishes out blossoming choruses with climactic build-ups amid the guitarist's oddball effects, often contrasted with dark thematic content or variable sub-motifs and reverse-engineering processes. They even toss in some mild Spanish bravado during "Here and There," whereas Maoz' distortion infused tonal splashes and Sirkis' pummeling polyrhythmic grooves comprise the bulk of these works. But "Sting" begins with an airy funk vamp, amped by the artists' linear unison runs. Here, Maoz diminishes the primary hook via dour overtones, followed by call and response riffs with Sirkis. The guitarist's odd-metered phrasings, blazing single note lines and the drummer's hyper-speed support and mammoth press rolls precede a vicious boogie rock jaunt, although they lighten the tornadic flow on "Zoo," regulated by Sirkis' subdued mallet work and delicate cymbal hits.

The musicians seemingly exhaust most capabilities for an energized, penetrating and high-volume hell-raising effort, abated with intermittent quiet spots and inward-looking improvisational segments. Yet the duo's uplifting synergy, engaging compositional concepts and charismatic inner-workings add a flavorful topping to their take no prisoners approach.

Track Listing

Rice; Go; Closer; Here and There; Follow; Flying Horse; Sting; Circles; Tree; Zoo; Green Shirt; Quiet ME.


Eyal Maoz: guitar; Asaf Sirkis: drums.

Album information

Title: The Lie Detectors Part III - Secret Unit | Year Released: 2019 | Record Label: Chant Records


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