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.
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
Another stellar release from this long-lived ensemble. Though the King Crimson influence is obvious & that comparison unavoidable, these guys have made many great recordings that can't be categorized as 'mere copies'. The perfect balance of aggressive riffing and serene soundscapes. Stephen Roberts