All songs written and performed by Jealousy Mountain Duo
recorded march-june 2012
recorded on 24 track tapemachine no overdubs
album vinyl,cd and digital download out oct. 2. 2012
De-constructing jazz and post-rock with avante garde intent, German band Jealousy Mountain Duo create complex yet very listenable music on their second album “No 02”, (no prizes for guessing what the first one was called). Overloading on percussion and featuring some inventive guitar lines “Home of Easy Credit” sets out their stall early, with “leaf Kickers” layering some Beefheart style riffs over the top of the rattling drums. Keeping to this sonic equation throughout , even on the slower vibe of “Ubertriebene Harte” gives the album great cohesiveness, something that suits the music, giving the listener to become totally absorbed, although the appearance of some very fluid and Doorsian guitar lines on “Latino Heaven” are very welcome. Finally “Don't Ask Me About Dresden” rounds of a rich and engaging album with a final flourish and a more sombre tone. (Simon Lewis)
Jealousy Mountain Duo — The Home of Easy Credit, the second longplayer in as many years from German instrumental no-wave outfit Jealousy Mountain Duo, is slightly more cantankerous, slightly more abrasive and aggressive than its calmer, more contemplative predecessor. More akin to Asheville avant-garde duo Ahleuchatistas than hyperactive megabashers Hella, Jealousy Mountain Duo crams a great amount of ideas in Home, guitarist Berger augmenting cacophonous loop layers with rich swells and wispy glissandos, building melodies vertically in complicated, sometimes microtonal figures. Drummer Schneider augments Berger’s complicated figures with those of his own, meticulously and tenaciously working through complex jazz barrages, paying extra attention to shifting dynamics to drive the duo’s tightly controlled chaos. It’s rare to hear mathy music that sounds simultaneously composed and loose, but Home, for all its moving parts, still offers plenty of room for its musicians to breathe, and their interplay is often perfect. Intense and deliberate, Jealousy Mountain Duo offers great challenges, but it also offers great rewards.