DOUBT - Mercy, Pity, Peace and Love - CD - MoonJune Records - 2012
Like Machine Mass Trio (whose recording is also covered in
this issue), douBt comprises drummer Tony Bianco and guitarist Michel Delville,
only this time they teamed up with keyboardist Alex Maguire. And like that
outstanding release, Mercy, Pity, Peace and Love is another
inventive jazz-rock album, which is characterised by a tuned sense for
exploration as well as strong, instrumental storytelling quality.
Early on, the first tracks disclose a prog-rock
deconstructed into jazz-rock notion popular in this recording. In a sense, this
culminates on the third track - "No More Quarrel with the Devil"
which features a certain guitar motif that sounds like a paraphrase on a King
Crimson's "21st Century Schizoid Man" as well as playful keyboards -
and specifically organ sounds - that echo other progressive rock textures.
But surprise surprise! Come the fourth track - "Rising
Upon Clouds" - and things tend more towards free jazz, with cascading key
strokes and ethereal sonic setting by the guitar and the drums.
Without going into extra details and ruining the other
treats that douBt has in store, we do care to mention the hard rocking and
somewhat trippy cover of Hendrix's "Purple Haze," the classic,
melodic appeal of the congenial "The Invitation," the spooky, somber
feeling that is at the heart of the title track; and last but not least, the
inspiring and thoughtful way in which the closing "Goodbye My Fellow
Soldier" builds from a theme which sounds quite like King Crimson's
"Exiles" (can it be that we're just too much of Crimson fanatics so
we hear Crimson in everything?) onto slightly static yet rumbling ambience
inspired by 70s Electronica.
Without doubt, this album reflects a rare, borderless taste
for emotive music. (8/10)
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