Caress of My Fist - Etudes in Violence [Cohort Records - 2008]Etudes in Violence brings together eight tracks of edgy, sometimes grim & melancholy, sometimes violent improv that utilizes mainly violin, sax & flute with supporting roles from guitar and percussive elements.
The first thing you’ll notice about the release is the great hexagon shaped red art card package that’s done up at the back with a series of spiral like interlocking strips. The eight tracks inside are mainly built between the sinister and melancholy breath of the flute which weaves out vague harmonic guide points, the violins brooding whine and jagged saws, with occasional rabid sax honks and sails, along with darts of guitar scuttles and avant picks and nice shifting percussive moments. All the tracks titles are named after various different types of punchers i.e.: kidney punch, black eye, punched in the stomach ect- with each having this nice balance between glum harmonics, twitching tension and sudden violence.
A nice slice of impov which keeps you nicely on edge between grim contemplation, seed brooding and sudden outburst of violence. Roger Batty