Thought Gang - Thought Gang
Nov 27, 2018
75
This is the jazz release 2018 needed.

The duo of Angelo Badalamenti & David Lynch make up some of this year's most frightening avant-garde jazz. Things start off pretty normally as the first three songs are just instrumentals. They remain very interesting due to the layer upon layer of instrumentation on this album. Every time I listen to it I notice something new about the same instrument. The frantic horns are frightening but ever so intriguing to hear. The story on "Woodcutters from Fiery Ships" gets intense really quick. The main focus here is the story being told and from the beginning it grabs you. A story about a man named Peter spying on the girl next door gets scary real fast as the narrator begins to describe children bleeding from their mouth and cats tearing babies apart limb by limb. It's a gut-wrenching song to hear but a highlight because of how much it stands out. "A Real Indication" follows in similar footsteps. It seems like the same narrator is speaking throughout the whole album, and ever so occasionally he will raise his voice and the horns will blare. A lot of this album sounds like it was recorded inside the deep, dark chasms or sewers of France where all of the dead people lie. Not sure what the name is but you've probably heard about it. It's quite solid until near the end where I loose interest. "Frank 2000", a 16 minute long epic, did have some brilliant moments but it's just too long for me to ever want to come back to. The same can be said for the album's closer, "Summer Night Noise." The compositions and layers of instrumentation of this album is easily it's most intriguing part, but when you transition from all over the place & frantic free jazz to pure ambient noise, the less noisy parts seem much less exciting. The pacing of this album was also thrown completely off by the two songs at the end that make up for about a fourth or more of this thing. A pretty good listen but had potential to be much better.\

Favs: A Meaningless Conversation, Woodcutters from Fiery Ships, A Real Indication, Logic and Common Sense, One Dog Bark
Least Favorite: Summer Night Noise
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