Saturday, December 13, 2014

Etymology & ToPaRaMa

What's in a label?
Instead, seek the origin,
the essence, of sound.

In an attempt to disguise my laziness I'll say I'm combining these two unrelated albums into a single post because of one common factor. Etymology is driven by two guitarists and the artists on ToPaRaMa are two percussionists. How might the music created by these two duos differ?

With that bit of justification out of the way, let's hear what we have.

Etymology is everything that Jon Durant said in an interview: "Alive, Atmospheric, Loud(!), Introspective, Fluid" and in my opinion, the last two especially. Durant's processed guitar effects weave beautifully through Colin Edwin's melodic bass playing and together they shape a sound that's accented by the three drummers used on the album. It's pointless to try to assign a genre to the result and that kinda goes back to the album's name and a quest for the origin of a word, or in this case the origin of a sound.

Enough talk. Give the album's video trailer a listen.

A few web resources for you:
  • Edwin and Durant give track-by-track insight into Etymology here.
  • Colin Edwin's website
  • Colin Edwin's blog
  • Jon Durant's website

As precise as a
fine timepiece, as fun as a
Rube Goldberg device.

On ToPaRaMa we hear the collaboration of two percussionists, Pat Mastelotto and Tobias Ralph, where rhythms are the main course that drive the songs forward with deviously intricate and precise performances. Because of that, and the "Who's Who" of accompanying musicians, the sound is one that's open and inviting, an aural spaciousness as opposed to a tight embrace. These two also exhibit quite a sense of humor throughout the album but especially on the closing track Bad Ass Van, Man.

Again, since I can't describe it well you should have a listen to the track NY5.

ToPaRaMa is available on Bandcamp. Pat Mastelotto's website is here and Tobias Ralph's is here.

I received no compensation of any kind for these reviews.

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