Drone Records
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Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Crouton Music CROU039CD
Release Year: 2007
Note: special envelope / cardboard-cover, ed. of 500
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €14.50

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"Since 1989, the Portugal avant garde ensemble Osso Extico have created a stunning body of work. Current members are Andr Maranha, David Maranha and Patricia Machs, but besides the recordings, very little historical information can be found about the group. Rather, the music speaks for itself. Percussionist ZEV, who has spent the better part of 40 years finding ways to coax sound out of material, and then creating a mystic cacaphony out of it, also uses sound as communication. Together, this grouping produces quite a statement, as sound becomes something unexplained by words, yet shared as an experience. Here, long stretches of rhythmic and bubbling organ are matched by large bass drum patterns that culminate in an expansive psychedelic pool of sound. This isnt glassine drone music. It spews the grit of Tony Conrad and the trance of Terry Riley, while radiating the experience of a sweat lodge in a behemoth explosion of tribal minimalism; only digressing for a segment of spatial hums and large frequencies rubbed from the surfaces of metal, before it dives back into oblivion. With no sound processing, the result is a highly natural, grossly enigmatic, and deeply energized recording. The power is yours for the taking." [label info]

"Curious. Just curious. A collaboration between Z'EV, legendary player of percussion and tape-manipulator (among many qualities) and the Portuguese trio of Osso Exotico (Andre Maranha, David Maranha and Patricia Machas), the little chamber orchestra of all things minimalist? Maybe it's less of a mystery than it seems. This release lacks any information besides artist names and label's website (unless some insert is missing), so we have to be guessing (again). Unlike some of his previous collaborations I think it's not the result of some postal exchange of sound material, but the actual playing together of these four musicians. When you hear it than the unlikeliness of the recording seems to vanish - this is music that actually sounds like it belongs together. The drones of Osso Exotico, tight, layered, minimalist fits actually very well with Z'EV tribalesque percussion work here. It's a jam, that seems a sure thing. No editing or overdubbing has been used here, which is a pity, since as a whole thing it is somewhat too loosely played. Certainly when the four players are 'searching' for a sound. Once the ball gets rolling, it rolls, it makes ripples becoming waves, waves becoming thunder storm. It's in these moments when the true power of the music comes alive. A tribal version of LaMonte Young, the grittiness of Tony Conrad on a multiple instruments and the psychedelic power that is found in more of the recent Osso Exotico recordings. Despite a few flaws in the recording, and the fact that it sounds a bit muffled, this is a very nice work. Get them in a proper studio and let them work on it more extensively. " [FdW / Vital Weekly]

label-website: www.croutonmusic.com