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Jazkamer - Self- Portrait [Pica Disk - 2010]

“Self-Portrait”  is the fourth album of  twelve  full length albums that are being  released through-out 2010 by the highly creative & respected noise/general experimental  project Jazkamer. This release sees the project focusing in more on grating drone matter and spaced out noisy improv with more active old school industrial percussive crash and extreme jazz tendencies.

On offer here are three tracks that run between just over ten minutes to nearly seventeen minutes a piece, and each track is a slowly searing lesson in grating, screeching and  wavering often high pitched drone sustain.  Untitled one finds trapped bird horn honks and slow mettlic drone burns meeting together in quite an open atmospheric, but intense battle. Untitled two is all  about grating steel cabinet drags and metal claws down chalkboard mixed with subtle yet brooding cymbal flapping.  And lastly Untitled Three is about slow motion and atmospheric horn drones that are smarted and seared by higher pitch feed back highs and grinding, grating or rabid crashing metallics and cymbals. There’s a very nice tense and threatening to explode vibe through-out the whole album which really keeps you nicely focus and held by the three tracks, but there’s also quite a shady atmospheric and bitter cinematic feel running though the tracks too.

“Self-Portrait” is a nice edgy, atmospheric and often quite intense journey into seared drone matter, slow moving and brooding improv, and general taut mood setting. This is one of the highlights of the monthly releases by Jazkamer, and is very worth picking up in your into more caustic and grating drone & slow motion improv.

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Roger Batty
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