Sunday, April 12, 2015

Absinthe & A Cracker by TU

2 and Two and TU
might be the minimal prime
and maximal sound.

TU is the duo of Trey Gunn (Touch Guitar) and Pat Mastelotto (drums), aka the rhythm section of 1990s King Crimson. My first exposure to them was their 2011 live album, Live in Russia, which remains one of my favorite live recordings of all time. Powerfully expressive.

On the internet they describe their music as "crazy, sick, heavy, loud and raw tunes and improvisations." Yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes.

In fact, I can't write a better description of 2004's Absinthe & A Cracker than the line above. And in hindsight it makes sense if you consider bass and drums the engine behind any rock band. These two guys are killin' it and (sound like they're) having fun the entire time.

Check out this live recording of TU playing the tune Untamed Chicken. (OK, it's not the best recording but it's the only one I could find on YouTube.) And what is it with the rubber chicken sound anyway? Those guys in The Aristocrats are doing it too.

Perhaps my favorite track on the album is Make My Grave in the Shape of a Heart followed closely by Misery, Die... Die... Die. These two tracks bring together everything this duo has to offer.

If you're a fan of top-notch, innovative performers I highly recommend anything by the Gunn-Mastelotto duo, TU. Here's another quote about their style: "Zeppelin bombast tempered with ambient Eno textured calm, juxtaposed with the fury of a Coltrane improvisation."

You can read more about the band online at:
I received no compensation of any kind for this review.

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