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6/10 Avi
 

SONAR - Static Motion - CD - Cuneiform Records - 2014

The latest offering by the Swiss combo Sonar (two guitarists, a bassist and a drummer) is fittingly titled, as it basically comprises an ocean of little riffs and rhythmic models that come and go in a repetitive fashion, creating grooves with melodic appeal. These little musical phrases hit you like waves hit the shore; and slowly evolve just as nature and weather do, with consistent flow and the occasional twist.

The recurring yet evolving patterns lead to a buildup (or sometimes - pseudo-buildup) with a constant perception of something that's about to explode ("Continuum" for example, just begs for the latter day King Crimson to pick it up). This, however, never happens, and the unfortunate thing about this irony is that the tension is rarely as magnificent as the comparable zen-funk of Nik Bärtsch's RONIN; nor it is as deeply absorbing as ambient or post rock music are at their best (it does get close, though, on "Vertical Time"). Here, the minimalism often feels like an excuse.

While we are highly appreciative of the its tonal beauty as well as the disciplined performance, Static Motion simply did not stir us. (6/10)

[Our Gut Feeling on this release is available here]

 

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