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The Wrong Object - Stories from the Shed

Stories from the Shed

The Wrong Object

Moonjune Records - MJR018

Available from Moonjune Records.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark S. Tucker
(progdawg@hotmail.com).

A kickin' cross between X-Legged Sally, Earthworks, Either-Orchestra, and an unholy plate of admixed fusion groups, all with a knowing nod to Miles, The Wrong Object is a European ensemble of five jazzrockers wringing more from the 70s fusion explosion in one CD than most obtain in an entire catalogue. Horns dominate (sax, trumpet), but the sound is nonetheless very atmospheric, Michel Delville's quitar chordings and triggered synth injecting swaths of color and mood around all the more frantic central elements.

Perhaps the most daunting factoid here is that the entire CD was taken live in two studios with absolutely no overdubs, a cybernetic affair that almost gainsays itself in terms of extreme fidelities to ideas and subtleties flying all over the place. The cohesion and interplay are cosmic for their imagery and precision, though the materials are more terrene, albeit of the wild and free outdoors or the mysterious play of metrohives with their incessant explosions of energies and migrations. Strong shades of ECM and John Clark creep in during cuts like Sheepwrecked, Jean-Paul Estievenart's flugelhorn tolling out its beautiful dolorousness athwart Rypdalian ornaments and zephyrs.

The Wrong Object is the right CD, and these Stories are not to be shed, as the ensemble's carrying on an endangered tradition of cerebrality and farflung innovation woefully absent in our post-Bush/McCain idiocratic culture. Okay, so the Euroids have to once again show us, but that's fine. They're paying us back for a certain Mr. In A Silent Agarthic Way Davis, and we sure as hell can use the memory bath. Toss in a little Zappa (Malign Siesta, etc.), and we're indemnified. Therefore, put on your Gil Evans Gone Insane tinfoil hat, watch for the Rigelians and their mothership, pour a glass of Fin De Siecle Psychedeliwine, and settle back into Stories from the Shed…'cause, brother, you need it. Trust me.

Track List:

  • Sonic Riot at the Holy Palate (Delville)
  • 15 / 05 (Delplanq)
  • Sheepwrecked (Polard)
  • Acquiring the Taste (Delchambre / Delvlle / Polard)
  • Lifting Belly (Delville)
  • Malign Siesta (Delville)
  • Theresa's Dress (Delville)
  • Rippling Stones (The Wrong Object)
  • Theresa's Dress - Reprise (Delville)
  • Strangler Fig (Delville)
  • Waves and Radiations (Delchambre / Delvlle / Polard)
  • Saturn (Estievenart)
  • The Unbelievable Truth - Pt. 1 (Delville)
  • The Unbelievable Truth - Pt. 2 (Delville)

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

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