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

Lac Cao/Gregor Seidl/Wolfgang Seidl - Optimistic Modernism [Moloko+ Plus102 - 2019]

Optimistic Modernism is fairly varied; at times unnerving and unsettling improv record- which finds these three seasoned improvisers severing an eight track release that apt shifts from sinister & dramatic, through to quirky & dada influenced, onto mysterious & busy. The release comes in the form of either a physical CD release, with 48-page booklet, or a digital download- we were sent just the download for review.

All three participants have a long history in the European experimental/ improvised/ modern classical genres. Lac Cao was initially trained as a  modern classical pianist in Cologne and in Brussels Conservatories- but has found her sonic niche experimenting with sound- utilizing analogue synthesizer, amplified objects, prepared marxophone/zither &  low-tech electronics. Gregor Seidl focuses his sonic passions of all things horn based- with creative & playful use of saxophone & clarinet, as well as the use of game- calls & water horn play.  And Wolfgang Seidl, has a grounding in more experimental rock based improv, collaborating with the likes of Conrad Schnitzler in the 70’s- going onto be form important German experimental rock group Ton Steine Scherben.

Optimistic Modernism eight tracks are harvested from the trios three-plus hours of improvising- and as mentioned early it’s decidedly varied & wide-ranging in its type/ feel. We move from the jarring & wonky space-bound electro blinks & plops, meet simmer string, tolling gong, & brooding bass line hover of the opening track "Jettatura". Onto the manic honks ‘n’ blows, meets juddering percussion & manic electronic cartoon playful-ness of "Tarantism". Over to the drifting ghostly radio ebb & doomy pitch shifting piano keys ‘n’ strings gothic dramatics of "The Sixth Sense". Though to the cycling textural creaks & spins- meets- lower case pulsing-to- bubbling electronics, gabbling electro flotsam & jetsam, and quirky dread of "Barbican Estate".

Though-out Optimistic Modernism there is always a feeling of real purpose & focus present, as well as a true passion for creating both effective/ varied atmospheres and creative sound-play. If you’re a fan of decidedly hard to pin down improv- then I really feel you very much enjoy what this trio offer up on this album.

Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5

Roger Batty
Latest Reviews

Lac Cao/Gregor Seidl/Wolfgang Sei...
Optimistic Modernism is fairly varied; at times unnerving and unsettling improv record- which finds these three seasoned improvisers severing an eight track ...
130421   Yasnaïa - Oniro
130421   Shohei Amimori - Ex.Life
130421   John Tilbury & Bertrand Gaugu...
090421   Marta Forsberg - TKAĆ
080421   Il Segno del Comando - The S...
080421   Jon Anderson - Olias Of Sunhi...
080421   Happy Times - Happy Times( DVD)
080421   Christopher Schiller & Tomás ...
070421   Death Has Blue Eyes - Death ...
070421   Placenta Lyposuction & Gravey...
Latest Articles

Shatraug - Into the Finnish Black...
One of the most respected & prolific names in Finnish black metal is guitarist & songwriter Shatraug. He has been highly active in the scene since th...
170321   Shatraug - Into the Finnish B...
170221   Mark Polonia - Of gore-bound...
100221   Danny Hyde - Coils of an Arab...
191220   Best Of 2020 - Music, Sound, ...
171220   Cold Light Of Day Interview w...
151220   Rien - Into The Crackle ‘n’ C...
181120   Llyn Y Cwn - Dark Elemental A...
151020   James Shearman - London Walling
220920   The Lux & Ivy Compilations In...
250820   Paige Davis, Michael Raso & L...
Go Up
(c) Musique Machine 2001 -2017. Celebrating 16 years of true independence!! Mail Us at questions=at=musiquemachine=dot=comBottom