Music for 3/25/21!!! Matt Evans, Kasai Allstars

@@@ Matt Evans: Spinning Blossom (Whatevers Clever, 2021) This is in the electronic, improvised acoustic groove space and I have no clue how I got to this track. Lots of arpeggios, the dominant one a steel drum like sound which is both percussive and melodic. More elements are present including a sort of flickering metallic thing, some tinkly metal businss and a traditional sounding synth over the top. So yes a crowded mix with a lot going on but coherent and ends up sort of overwhelming your ears. Expanded even further with some robotic squiggles it’s busting at the seams. There is melody to be had here but it’s a piling and layering exercise that I really like. Both concrete and abstract and regular readers know I love contrast.

@@@ KASAI ALLSTARS: Olooh, A War Dance For Peace (Crammed Discs, 2021) Always up for a Crammed Disc jam and this one opens up either all drum machine or combo drum machine and kit. Then come the South African style vocal stylings but processed and kinda trippy. I love trippy African music. Ah, the Congo, a troubled place not far from South Africa but a different culture. There is both a collage-y and jazzy looseness to this track. Both female and male voices make appearances here as wells as background choirs. I like it, but I don’t love it. I want to love it, believe me.

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