Disen Gage - Snapshots,
There are a lot of great bands coming out of Russia these days, and thanks to both the internet and people wanting to promote them, it is getting easier to understand some of what is going on. This is the fourth album from the band, and to say it is intriguing is somewhat under stating what is going on. This is an instrument album, much of which I would imagine was recorded live, as the interaction between the four (plus guests) couldn’t have happened any other way. According to the band themselves, the album “is whimsically balancing on a weird edge between psychedelic trance and romantic mood, between a krautrock improv and a soundtrack to a western. To us, the aftertaste of the album feels similar to what one feels after casting an accidental glance at a pile of randomly scattered photos. They may be a part of someone's, or your own life, or they could be snapshots of Nature - but then we are all part of Nature.”
Whimsical and weird is probably one of the best ways of describing this album, as I’ve been playing it a great deal and I still have no idea at all on what is going on. There’s RIO, there’s King Crimson, Radiohead, fusion, art-rock, avant-garde jazz, plus loads more, all mixed together so that I some ways none of this makes musical sense at all, although at the same time it is in perfect harmony with each other. It builds, it moves, and never with a standard verse/chorus structure, and often not in 4/4 time, but none of that matters as Disen Gage are presenting us with music as a fluid living beast, something that is making its own path. Having heard this I am now intrigued to what the other albums sound like, as when music refuses to conform yet also is as compelling and interesting as this, then it is something very special indeed.