This is a site where I post reviews of CDs, DVDs, LPs, and concerts. I have been writing music reviews on and off since 1984. I ran a heavy metal fanzine from 1984-1988 called Metal Madness and have been a staff writer for Aural Innovations for many years. I have also contributed to Chrohinga Well (RIP), Bad Acid (RIP), Lowcut (RIP), Roadburn and a number of other zines as well. I recently moved to Portugal so please request the new address and do not send any music to Denmark anymore. Tak..
Friday, August 31, 2018
Kris Gietkowski- Symmetric Communication (Strange fish 14)
a Polish multi-instrumentalist living in the UK who really likes the band EGG.
Last year made his own renditions of the debut album from 1970. Not going to
far away from the yolk, he has created 3 new tracks, two of his own (FX 4 and
Divided by Zero) as well as another Egg song from their 2nd record.
FX 4 starts things off and is a 19min track. Starts with some nice piano
playing and then the bass and drums kick in. Now Kris switches to the organ as
the lead instrument but at first it is still complimented by piano now and
then. There is some great playing but it is clear Kris is primarily a keyboard
player and not a drummer. The drums could be much more interesting but as he
has to play them first (I guess) and then play the bass and keyboards next, it
is not that easy. Anyway, this track goes through many transitions where each
keyboard compliments each other. There is a section with a mini-moog like solo
and piano and the organ as well. Very nice and tasteful playing.
The next two tracks are shorter (8 and 11
mins) and also primarily organ driven tracks. I could have used with a
different organ/keyboard sound more to change the vibe a bit. Some of this
stuff reminds me of a less organic version of some tracks but Westerbur and
Rowe. I admire what Kris is doing but he should put together a real band and
then I think this stuff could really have a new life or energy. Check him out.