Complex, original. Full of rhythmic ideas, yet very melodic both instrumentally and vocally. Sounds impressive, heavy and sweet. With each listen, I discover more layers.
Favorite track: 11-11.
Corrèze the deads
Un album qui n'est pas loin d'illustrer le concept de dichotomie.
Une partie plutôt prog-rock avec un chanteur qui côtoie une autre partie avec chant féminin beaucoup plus, disons, à ambiances. Bref : du noir, du blanc, et très peu de gris.
Favorite track: Black Well Monotony.
'Pole' is an innovative modern rock album, best described as an amalgamation of the styles and sounds of Tool, Peter Gabriel, Nine Inch Nails, and the daring attitude and scope of contemporary art.
Tuner consists of drummer Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson, KTU) and German touch guitarist & multi-instrumentalist Markus Reuter (Centrozoon).
The 15 songs often employ evolving rather than repetitive structures and feature remarkable performances by all the musicians involved.
The album's undoubted instrumental strenghts are augmented by a stunning selection of vocal contributions by the likes of the Austrian artist SiRenée, Peter Kingsbery (of Cock Robin), and Chrysta Bell (who sings in the current David Lynch movie, Inland Empire).
'Pole' was produced in the USA and Germany by Pat Mastelotto and Markus Reuter, in collaboration with German hit record producer Fabio Trentini.
'Pole' was listed as one of 50 all-time Prog Classics in Modern Drummer magazine.
released May 1, 2007
pat mastelotto: drums, percussion, treated baby grand piano, spoken word
markus reuter: touch guitars, acoustic & electric guitars, electric bass guitar, grand piano, keyboards, vox
sirenée: vox on URIM, black well monotony, repulsive and delicious, arson dandy, to crush, pole, stalker, dig, creatures
peter kingsbery: vox on white cake sky, pole, pencilhead
chrysta bell: vox on gate 9
lisa fletcher: vox on so high and down below
pamelia kurstin: theremin on 11-11 and arson dandy
laura scarborough: vibraphone, melodica, wind organ on 11-11, gate 9, pencilhead
roberto riggio: violins on pole, repulsive and delicious, pencilhead, to crush a sweet peach
deborah carter: ‘following’ vox on stalker
kristoffer g. rygg: single growl on white cake sky
About 1/3 thru it so far, and already i agree that this is an important performance to release to the public. “Cusp” and “Larks 2” are worth the price of admission alone.
(Frustrated to learn of this October release in December, but i guess that just means i need to pay more attention to social media...?) cuzn ed
This is an excellent album from Markus Reuter, accompanied by Fabio Trentini on Fretless Bass and Asaf Sirkis on acoustic drums recorded live in the studio. The interplay among these musicians is amazing throughout and, for me, this is true "progressive" music, as it charts new territory and leaves behind well-trodden cliches. It's challenging music that rewards a mindful listen. Put it on and listen through the whole album without modern social media distractions and you will see what I mean. Jerry F