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Mat Gustafsson & Yoshimi - Words on the floor [Smalltown Superjazz - 2007]

This  is a collaboration between one half of the Boredoms Yoshimi and  Swedish sax and noise improviser Mats Gustafsson, and it's a real treat managing to be equally haunted, alien,beautiful and jagged. It’s 45 minute play time,a trip in the best sense of the word.

Both of the pair handle electronics with  Yoshimi producing some eerier, magical and strange vocalizing and Gustafsson sax splattering, sawing and choking out all manner of awkward yet rewarding sounds. The album opens with the 3 minute  Soundless cries with thier arms in the air, it  ushers you into bent theatrical come sinister interplay between  the pair. With Yoshimi rich vocalizing that has an rising almost primal birth or awaken quality about it, and Gustafsson sax playing sounding almost like a wailing voice or string instrument. The second track And the children play quietly with the words on the floor, takes up the lion share of playing time clocking in near 43 minutes. It goes from been spaced-out and beautiful to hectic spacey and weird, to swirling and bizarre, to throbbing and psychedelic, to droney and noisey. Mainly having quite an improvised feel, but there are clearly some composed ‘musical’ elements too.


A well rounded and varied collaboration that balances the feeling of surprise, invention and beautiful oddness very well.

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Roger Batty
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