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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Melt Yourself Down's Strobe-Lit Life-Fixer

Posted by on Tue, Mar 5, 2013 at 11:28 AM

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  • The Leaf Label
I don't know if strobe-lit videos have the same effect as live strobe lights, but the new one for "Fix My Life" from improv-jazz-post-punk sextet Melt Yourself Down just might give you a headache if you have a problem with that kind of thing, though an epileptic seizure seems unlikely (nonetheless, the YouTube page includes the disclaimer, "WARNING: STROBES!"). I like the way the op art graphics align with the band's op art sound (and unlike the strobe at Mouse on Mars' recent gig, it didn't do a number on my eyes). Director Morgan Beringer swiped the images from this handy text.

The single represents the second to see release from this British ensemble, which includes vocalist Kushal Gaya, drummer Tom Skinner, bassist Ruth Goller, percussionist Satin Singh, saxophone player Pete Wareham, and clarinet player Shabaka Hutchings, who has shared stages with Charlie Haden, Jack DeJohnette, and the Heliocentrics. Skinner has also played with Mulatu Astatke, and you can feel the kaleidoscopic influence of the Ethiopian vibraphonist in the cacophonous yet sinuous brass interplay (I'm feeling a Pigbag vibe, too).

"Fix My Life" (12") is available now on The Leaf Label b/w "We Are Enough."

 

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