KOMMANDO RAUMSCHIFF ZITRONE
First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

[Quincunx, www.quincunxsoundrecordings.com]

How do you take a tune, stretch it out and work from its simple melody to make an album of improvised music? Simple. You put clarinet player Kai Fagaschinski and laptop/electronics guru Christof Kurzmann in one room and let them go wild. Their duet which goes by the name Kommando Raumschiff Zitrone [Command Spaceship Lemon] works off quite a sweat throughout the duration of this record. What starts off with a lovely rendition of Roberta Flack's "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" on "Roberta", sees Fagaschinski improvise along Flack with such honest beauty, you'd think the entire record would head into pop music territory. [In fact, this is the finest virtual duet since The Orb re-made "A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From the Centre of the Ultraworld" with Minnie Ripperton almost two decades ago.] But no, wait! Less than two minutes into the track, things change pace and quite rapidly too. While Kurzmann switches into overdrive with lloopp software that resembles a haunted church organ, his partner blows extended lines into the mouthpiece. The sounds are quite lovely and the duo rolls on to other musical territories. By the time we get to "Aisha" [all tracks are named after women], landscape becomes quite abstract. While Kurzmann develops a soft spot for tender-spoken drone, Fagaschinski delivers subtle spittle into the mouthpiece, interspersed with occasional bird-call sounds. Personal favourite is the extended "Chow", which runs for 17 minutes. During its course, the track goes from subtlety of soft-spoken clarinet ruffles, supplemented with horse-hoof sounds emanating from Kurzmann, to drone-induced section where both men play clarinets, finally crashing in a static-free concoction of fervour and majestic sound. The whole record ends on another high note with a reprise of "Roberta". As Miss Flack sings her classic tune in the background, the foreground is occupied with intense clarinet melodies matching the vocalist's prowess. Can pop music and eai exist hand-in-hand? In this case, the answer is a resounding yes!

- Tom Sekowski


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WYWIADY / RELACJE

+ Writing rhythms is easy - rozmowa z Stewart'em Walker'em
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+ Szybsze bicie serca - rozmowa z Patrycją Hefczyńską aka DJ Patrisią [Husky]
+ My fire is burning - wywiad z Hell'em [Gigolo Records]