JEALOUSY MOUNTAIN DUO N°_03

by jealousy mountain duo

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German two-piece, Jealousy Mountain Duo have dropped their latest album, N°_03. What follows in the eight track long spiritual journey is somewhere between a modernist interpretation Kurosawa film score and the abstract ramblings of a mad sage in his hilltop shrine. If that comparison sounds like it doesn’t make any sense, that’s because it’s tough to put Jealousy Mountain Duo into words. Fluctuating between minimalist deconstructions of Jazz, 80’s and 90’s alternative rock riffs, and the prototypes of math rock, with thorough disregard for regular timing and meter, N°_03 delves into the quieter realms and wants to familiarize you as much with the spaces in between notes as the ones that are played.

As cool as the mellow-yet-sporadic deconstruction tracks are, the high points of the album for me were when Jealousy Mountain Duo laid down a solid groove and shut down any cries of doubt that they might be anything less than masters of their craft. ‘The Rincon Pio Sound’ and ‘Roadkill’ were particularly stellar examples. If you dig the two-man diatribe of bands like Lightning Bolt or Hella, but want something a little twangier, with a smoother finish.

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Nein, leicht bekömmlich ist die Musik des aus Schlagzeuger Jörg A. Schneider und Gitarrist Jens Berger bestehenden Duos wahrlich nicht. Und doch wohnt den so komplexen wie verschrobenen acht Instrumentalstücken eine seltsam beflügelnde Verve inne, die sich nie ganz zwischen Heiterkeit und dissoziativer Hysterie festlegen mag. Eine Frucht der jeglichen sportiven Virtuositätsgestus meidenden, dabei allerdings ausgesprochen hoch entwickelten Spielkultur der beiden Musiker. Denn wie das Schlagzeug sich auf Torkeltour dies- und jenseits des Metrums begibt und sich dabei von einer Gitarre umschlängeln lässt, die ihre Klänge mal sachte und vermeintlich wahllos dahintupft, um sich dann in spasmisch bohrende Free-Noise-Dissonanzen aufzulösen – das zeugt nie von ausgestellter Grandezza, sondern von Abenteuerlust und quecksilbern flirrendem Freiheitsdurst. Dabei atmen JMD einen ähnlichen Spirit wie die deutlich hektischeren Hella und, als dunkler Gegenpol, Caspar Brötzmann, allerdings ohne dessen Hang zu mürrischem Theaterdonner.

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released 30 September 2014

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