MONAS - Freedom Cassette
MONAS - Freedom Cassette (Astral Spirits, 2017)
“Freedom” is a one-off recording from this power trio and let’s hope it’s not the last. “Visible Spirit” finds Fisher on guitar starting off adding drones and feedback in layers, building up patiently before going full bore into shredding that’s somewhere between Sonny Sharrock, Mick Barr & Robert Fripp. However, Fisher’s guitar playing is not just shredding for the sake of shredding, there is a harmonic logic to it all that comes across horn-like at times, somewhat eschewing traditional guitar technique, sometimes not. DeBlase and Millions keep things in perpetual motion while maintaining a balance of sound that comes across as an updated version of Last Exit. And truly, let’s not kid ourselves “Visible Spirt” is a full on power-trio meets free improv. It’s heavy, powerful and intense, much like Last Exit. “Invisible Nature” repeats the power trio formula except with Fisher on saxophone. While you’d think it might be less intense than side A, that is a very debatable fact. Hearing Fisher back to back on guitar and saxophone shows the overall logic in his playing (no matter what instrument). Upon repeated listens the instruments carry less weight than the intensity and playing of these three musicians themselves.
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