JULIE'S HAIRCUT - Ashram Equinox

Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Prog, Jazz/Jazzrock/Fusion | Heft: Jahrgang 2014, eclipsed Nr. 159 / 4-2014 | VÖ-Jahr: 2014 | Wertung: 8/10 | Label: Woodworm | Autor: WK

Julie's Haircut apparently belong to the hottest indie bands in Italy. The sixth album of the group, which is largely unknown in this country, is a beautiful all-around blow through the worlds of jazz, prog, ambient and dub. The grooves are rolling and pouring over a lavishly proliferating sound landscape, sprinkled with irresistible e-piano sound, which seems both archaic and futuristic. The sound arsenal of the band seems almost unlimited, as does the pool of historical references and visionary ideas. The closeness to CAN is unmistakable (it's not for nothing that the band sometimes works with Damo Suzuki), but comparisons with the British Portico Quartet also come to mind. Individual passages awaken memories of the Doors, Stereolab, Tangerine Dream or Herbie Hancock. A special quality of the Northern Italians is that they can fall back into the past and still remain in the present. Their transeuropean sound becomes a bit nostalgic at times, but never retrospective.

Top track: Tarazed

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