MamuthonesMusic • CD
Krautrock • Post Rock • Psychedelic
03/06/2011, Didier BECU
One of the reasons why we love so much those little labels is that you can rather smell the passion instead of the dollar signs.
Take the Italian Boring Machines for instance. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea but this label kind of specializes itself in nu-psychedelica (in its widest sense that is).
Mamuthones is the solo project of Alessio Gastaldello, founder of Italian band Jennifer Gentle who can claim (for what’s it worth these days) that they were once signed to SubPop Records. In 2007 Alessio left the band to start his own thing, Mamuthones.
On this self-titled album he got the help from old buddy Marco Fasolo but also from one Maurizio Boldrin, who played at Pino Donaggio’s side: indeed the man who is responsible for soundtracks from movies directed by Brian De Palma or Nicholas Roeg.
We still don’t know in which kind of category we have to put this one as it contains as much elements from prog-rock as from drone soundscapes.
“The Call” for instance captures the same style from Master Musicians Of Bukake, as Alessio is also creating just like them some ritual styles in where obscure bell sounds seem to rule. But that’s just the opener as from “The first born” on we hear not only some heavy bass-sound but also some type of voice that seems to come from the hereafter and with such elements, you have something that can be described as a psychedelic monster.
Blame it on the mushrooms or just some good taste in music, but “Ota Benga” was putting us in some Krautrock-mood and “MJ74” has not only a title that could be on some Harmonia-album, it does sound like them indeed.
Highlight (not to mention the word orgasm) is without any doubt “Kash-O-Kashak” that brings the listener in some trance from 10 minutes.
At the end of the day we still have no idea if prog-rock or nu-psychedelica is the word to use but then who cares if the essence of it all is just that Mamuthones delivered a great album.
VERSUS • Different Twilight Places
AGENT SIDE GRINDER • The Irish Tape
GOTHMINISTER • Anima Inferna
DELTA 5 • MYOB
THE CHAMELEONS • What does anything mean? Basically
LEICHENWETTER • Zeitmaschine
SIVA SIX • The Twin Moons
DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE • Codes and Keys
MONOZID • Say Hello to Artificial Grey
WHITE ROSE TRANSMISSION • Spinning webs at night
Same genre: KRAUTROCK
MOTOR!K • Motor!k
VARIOUS ARTISTS • A BRIEF HISTORY OF: KRAUTROCK AND THE GERMAN MUSICAL REVOLUTION
CRIMEN • Silent Animals
EXPLODED VIEW • Exploded View
CAMERA • Phantom Of Liberty
JASTREB • Orient And Occident
NOTHING BUT NOISE VS PROTHESE • Music For Muted TV 2
ONE UNIQUE SIGNAL • Hoopsnake
THE LOVED DRONES • Good Luck Universe:
INWOLVES • Involves
Same genre: POST ROCK
MOGWAI • Every Country's Sun
ALESKA • Aleska
WINTER DUST • Thresholds
CHOK TOW NATION • (S/T)
GLERAKUR • Can't You Wait
THORN 1 • The Leave of Leaves
COLLAPSE.REBUILD • Fallen Again, Fallen Better
GRIMBERGEN • The Passing Of Time
MELANIE DE BIASIO • Blackened Cities
HERON OBLIVION • Heron Oblivion
Same genre: PSYCHEDELIC
THE MEMBRANES • What Nature Gives… Nature Takes Away
ORPHAN GOGGLES/ ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO U.F.O • Split Single
THE TEAR GARDEN • The Brown Acid Caveat
DANIELLE DE PICCIOTTO & ALEXANDER HACKE • Perseverantia
FOLK DEVILS • Beautiful Monsters
THE TEMPEST • 5 Against The House
TRUE WIDOW • Avvolgere
ROBBING MILLIONS • Robbing Millions
MAIDAVALE • Tales of the Wicked West
DURAN DURAN • Pop Trash