Sunday, November 20, 2011

New albums by Bob Drake and The Necks at ReR USA


 ReR USA Presents New Releases from the Necks and Bob Drake...

The Necks: MindsetThe Necks: Mindset

Available as CD or LP !
Now in their 24th year, the Necks' release Mindset, their 16th album - and first LP, featuring two starkly contrasting tracks: the pulsating, raw, Rum Jungle and the slower building, rather hypnotic Daylights. Polyrhythms imbue both pieces with powerful forward motion, embroiled with which ethereal piano patterns interweave with bass, drums, electronics, churning Hammonds and noise-guitars. Drummer and percussionist Tony Buck writes: "Mindset shares some elements in common with our previous album Silverwater [2009], mostly in some mixing approaches and rhythmic devices - a reflection of our ongoing fascination with polymetric material and varying simultaneous pulses... but it's a whole other thing again, and the two tracks are very different from one another - Rum Jungle captures the live approach of the piano, bass, and drum trio a lot more, while Daylights features a bed of electronics and little sounds that slowly converge, coalescing into a multi-layered, multi-tempo, swirling soundscape."

A set of twisty, forty-ideas-a-minute, niftily arranged, irredeemably eccentric, but strangely brilliant songs that skip blithely across genre borders - from Nashville through the Miskatonic by way of the Beach Boys... even the production values range across the history of recording, sometimes switching inside a single song; so - a high-information ride, but still engagingly listenable. Finished with his new CD, Bob sends the raw songs - just chords and melody - to Dave Kerman (ds), David Campbell (bs, vc) and Kavus Torabi (guit, vc) and, a few months later, they assemble at the Crumbling Tomes studio to work up the songs for a performance. Bob is in the band but the band is not being taught his interpretations and arrangements. It finds its own. After a week of rehearsals, there is a show for an invited audience, recorded live. So now we have a second great album - quite different from Bob's own. On the CD, both versions sit side-by-side, each very different, but still intimately linked to one another.

ReR USA is run by Dave Kerman, one of ReR/Recommended Records' first and most rabid customers from 1978. Since 1984 he has been an artist on the label. As a drummer/composer/ multi-instrumentalist he's also recorded over 30 albums and toured with bands on Cuneiform Records, Recommended Germany, ADN Italy, Rotary Totem Records and a slew of others. He is best known for his drumming work with the groups 5uu's, Present, U-Totem, Motor Totemist Guild, Thinking Plague, Ahvak and Blast. Dave has appeared at many of the world's most prestigious festivals dedicated to new, experimental and progressive music (Mimi, Victoriaville, New Music America, Patronaat, Nearfest, Tritonale, Prog Day etc). He is also a tour organizer, concert promoter,music publisher and, most lately, the President of Ad Hoc Records.

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