As is it’s
nature, jazz constantly recreates itself and assumes new and innovative forms. Anna
Webber’s Simple Trio draws inspiration from the modern era of the internet, on
her new avant-garde album, Binary.
She uses website titles, her IP address, and random coding to generate musical
first listen to this album, I found her music to be instantly refreshing.
Webber channels her experiences and intentions vividly on this album. It’s nice
to hear complex music, inspired by the genuine expression of complex emotions,
rather than just changing rhythms and times for shock value, or to show off. The
complexity stems from a genuine expression of herself. She also gets extra
points for the title of the ninth track, “Meme.”
track, “Rectangles 2,” is a great
introduction to the album. Like most of the songs, it’s not much
longer than a minute, but gives the listener a good idea of what kind of
listening experience they’re getting into. There is one piece that clocks in at
around 14 minutes, called “Impulse Purchase.” Despite its length, it’s still
My only major
critique of this album is that many of the motifs are very similar throughout.
One can argue that this helps the album gel together, but it begins to sound
monotonous, after a while. I’m looking forward to hearing a wider spectrum of
musical ideas and more use of the kinds of avant-garde noises used in “Meme,”
in Simple Trio’s next album.
Review: Living In The Party Zone - PUFF!
by Ruby Shaw
experimental, industrial-electronic punk band, PUFF!, channels machinery
and insanity on their recent release, Living In The Party Zone. The
album combines destroyed analog synth sounds with distorted guitars and high-energy live drums, for an energetic and punishing synthesis of dance and punk. It is a
fresh take on this combination and one that certainly could only have come from
Berlin. Living In The Party Zone is all at once discordant and fun,
keeping the listener confused and engaged the entire time.
Tracks: 1, 2, 6, 9