(Astral Spirits/Monofonus Press)

Monofonus Press’ Astral Spirits imprint released “Odd Hits” by this Cello / Drummer duo (who are half of the Broken Trap Ensemble) in July of 2016. The release promised harmonic existence of song based and abstract compositions throughout the album. It delivers with absolute authority.

Dervish completely bashes into the speakers with HEAVY drumwork and unconventional Cello instrumentation. The overall effect is inviting and impressive due to the sheer lack of ingredients in the song. Fast Clip also satisfies the summary and probably most identifies with the goal of the album, walking the line between standard song and experimental improve constructions.

Other stand out cuts like LowBattery and Drum-Taps on side B, continue the varied presentation: the former sounds like a shamanic ritual while the latter is bolstered by a heated drum solo.

Results and Motorik both come off as being more in-line with what I would expect from a cellist / drummer duet and ultimately are my least favorite cuts on the album. They aren’t filler at all though, just a palette cleansing of sorts.

LIYL: Avelino Saavedra, Andre Vida, Leviathan Worship Service, “Arthur Russell meets Neu! meets free improv”


-- Joseph Morris