Top Bar
Musique Machine Logo Home ButtonReviews ButtonArticles ButtonBand Specials ButtonAbout Us Button
SearchGo Down
Search for  
With search mode in section(s)
And sort the results by
show articles written by  
 Review archive:  # a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

The Remote Viewers - November Sky [Self Release - 2015]

November Sky is the 13th album from London dark-noir to avant-tinged jazz collective The Remote Viewers. The album appeared back in 2015, as a ten-track CD release- and it really finds the band at their more atmospheric & cinematic, yet with enough creative avant twists & turns present to keep you on your toes.

I’m relatively late to The Remote Viewers fairly distinctive take on Jazz- only getting into them at the tail end of last year with their excellent angular-yet- moody Last Man In Europe album. So since I’ve been making my way back through their discography, and November Sky rather stood out to me- due to its rounded balance between dramatic & atmospheric prowess, and subtly experimental edges.

The album opens with the nearing seven & Half minutes of "Easy Money"- this pits forlorn yet urgent horns against creepily haunted house piano work, and peppers the whole thing with darting-yet dark almost ritual percussive detail. As we move through the album we come to the just under three minutes of the title track- and this finds creepy & dramatic interactions between tight bass turns & descend piano notes- with licks of darkly simmering synth string work- all topped off with moodily smoky horn work, that from time-to-time darts off track.

The second half the albums started off with the just shy of nine minutes of "Crowd Figure"- this starts off with a tight matt of almost dense Gamelan type percussion, before moving into a very jarring & unsettling mix of horn honks, vibe key hits, backwards & forward percussive crashers, with later uneasy bass wonderings adding into really unhinged things.  Later on, we get simmer-yet- whistling darkly Noir Jazz of "The Room Above The Square"- which sees taut & nervy piano runs, blended with sinister synth strings, and semi angular bass & horn work.

If you're looking for darkly tinged & atmospheric Jazz, with some angularly & Avant- grade touches I can highly recommend November Sky. And you can purchase this and The Remote Viewers other albums from their website here…this really is a project that deserves more attention, as they really are creating a distinct take on the jazz form.

Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5

Roger Batty
Latest Reviews

The Remote Viewers - November Sky
November Sky is the 13th album from London dark-noir to avant-tinged jazz collective The Remote Viewers. The album appeared back in 2015, as a ten-track CD r...
190220   Clancy Eccles & The Dynamites...
190220   Grafvitnir - NâHásh
190220   Pornohelmut - Bang Lord
170220   Trou - Vampyr
170220   Fosse - Étrange Crépuscule
170220   Bannwald, Uruk-Hai, and Druad...
170220   The Cray Twins - In the Compa...
170220   Biosphere - The Senja Recordings
140220   Deadly Manor - Deadly Manor(B...
140220   Byleth: The Demon Of Incest ...
Latest Articles

Striations - War-Torn Noise
One of the stand out noise releases of last year was Vietnamization by Oakland based Industrial/ Power Electronics project Striations. The release originally...
120220   Striations - War-Torn Noise
060120   Spectrum Zine interview - The...
241219   Best of 2019 - Best Of 2019
171219   Joli project & Lost Light lab...
071219   Molly Harvey - Of Eyeballs ‘n...
291019   Museum Of Death - Death-Tripping
250919   Vomir - Completely ‘Walled-In’
160919   Kat Ellinger - The Many Colou...
040919   The Early Years Of Allerseele...
240819   Leyland James Kirby (The Care...
Go Up
(c) Musique Machine 2001 -2017. Celebrating 16 years of true independence!! Mail Us at questions=at=musiquemachine=dot=comBottom