tempobet yeni adresi
like this cd review

10/12/2016 : CRISPY AMBULANCE - Random Textures

CRISPY AMBULANCE

Random Textures

MusicCD
Post Punk

[80/100]   

Factory Benelux
10/12/2016, Paul PLEDGER

Marking something of a departure for Crispy Ambulance, Random Textures is almost entirely instrumental and comprised of several expanded jams and atmospheric post-rock soundscapes. For a band that exists only part-time, rarely plays shows (apart from the recent Subliminal Impulse Review gigs) and hasn't released a 'new' album since 2004's song-based Powder Blind Dream, Crispy Ambulance have pieced together their most coherent collection since their landmark debut The Plateau Phase. And all with the original line-up intact. Fair play.

Strains of Adrian Sherwood and Bill Laswell abound on the dubbed-up blissed-out opener Integra - distorted spacey beats drive the funereal chimes of guitar and furtive bassline into something Jah Wobble might have cooked up during his '90s heyday. Not a great deal develops over the 8 minutes-plus but it's an engaging build-up to when the album truly kicks off on the next track. Petrolheads will warm to the sound of a V12 Ferrari Formula 1 car being put through its paces at Monza before Allegro swirls into view. This is a more traditional Crispies tune - off-beat drums, waves of synth and a few more guitar riffs, topped off with a pretty melody and the perfect foil for the next few pieces.

Prostis is a Cafe del Mar tune all day long and reminds me of Nova Nova or Polar Bear, a fusion of lush synths, alt-jazz drums and the sound of waves on a beach somewhere off the coast of Sant Antoni Bay. Well, Blackpool perhaps. The edgier side to Crispy Ambulance comes to the fore on the relentless Baku and the woozy Peripheral Vision, spoken word and harmonica samples play a starring role on Drifter and singer Alan Hempsall finally makes a brief appearance on the tribalistic Karpadia and the weird finger-clicking secret bonus track.

It's attendant second disc Compulsion was formulated as a sort-of call and response to The Plateau Phase album and initially issued as a standalone vinyl album for Record Store Day in 2015. Mainly composed of older material reworked and tidied up by long-term oppo and 808 State luminary Graham Massey, Compulsion once again explores the instrumental end of the band's spectrum, only this time with a few vocal live favourites thrown in for good measure, the best of which is the propulsive Lucifer Rising (originally from Powder Blind Dream). On this, Gary Madeley's drumming muse certainly hasn't departed him in recent years - the man is a percussion machine and this is a song that houses a subtle beauty beneath its brutal features.

Extra tracks include a remake of another live standard Choral, last heard on the must-have live document Fin and a balls-out acid-tweaked remix of Four Line Whip.

And if ever there was a sleeve that represented its musical content, the stark, black and bleak photo of what appears to be a Pennine shrouded in portentous gloom, this is it.

This review also appeared on Flipside Reviews

Paul PLEDGER
10/12/2016


Music reviews

05
04
VARIOUS ARTISTS
Electropop 18 (Super Deluxe Edition)
23
03
300 000VK
Peter Paradox
10
03
PYRROLINE
Struggling
23
02
THE HEAT INC.
EP
23
02
PIG
Pain Is God
22
02
ANTHONY JONES
Farewell To Flesh

NEWSLETTER

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

NEWS

14
04
In memorian.... The Punk Empowerment Of Poly Styrene(° 3 July 1957 †25 April 2011)
13
04
34 years MUTE records released 'Let Your Body Learn' by Nitzer Ebb!
07
04
Skinny Puppy’s Cevin Key zoom chat's with à;GRUMH...
04
04
15 years ago, Nine Inch Nails released ‘Every Day Is Exactly the Same’.
03
04
On this day, 19 years ago, Frank Tovey / Fad Gadget died at the age of 45.
02
04
SYNAPTIC DEFECT sends teaser into the world

Concert reviews

24
09
RED ZEBRA
29 augustus 2020 - Zarlarswing

GET A COPY OF OUR MAGAZINE
SEND TO YOUR HOME

INTERVIEWS

12
02
DIVE
We All Can Ask Us The Question ‘Where Do We Go From Here?'
10
02
RAYMOND WATTS (PIG)
'It’s not a re-discovery. It’s finding the way in to let the stuff out...'
02
02
JOHN 3:16
I regularly come across animal remains at various stages of decomposition. That started to affect me, and that's where the concept of the record was born.
07
01
MAMAN KUSTERS
‘Let’s Keep It Intriguing
16
12
THE BREATH OF LIFE
'No, I never considered quitting making music. Nor to taste good special beers.'

PHOTOS

25
09
PETER HEPPNER
Strandkorb Open Air Mönchengladbach
20
09
STAR-INDUSTRY
Liège New Wave Festival
20
09
DEER DEAR
Liège New Wave Festival
20
09
LARVA
Liège New Wave Festival
20
09
LIZARD SMILE
Liège New Wave Festival
20
09
DELERITAS
Liège New Wave Festival
20
08
JUSTIN SULLIVAN & GASTONE
Kreisverwaltung Groß-Gerau

ADVERTISE
IN PEEK-A-BOO

VIDEO CLIPS

14
04
MESH
It scares me
13
04
MONOTONE EXPRESSION
Out Of Tune With Life
12
04
LAID BACK
White Horse
11
04
VOK
Waterfall
10
04
SVEN VATH VS. ANTHONY ROTHER
Komm
09
04
THIS CAN HURT
IF YOU GO
08
04
THE SISTERS OF MERCY
Lucretia, My Reflection