SCHNELLERTOLLERMEIER - X - CD - Cuneiform Records - 2015
Like label mates Sonar, Schnellertollermeier is a bass-guitar-drums outfit
(whereas Sonar consists of two guitarists, here there is only one), and its
music is similarly of a repetitive, minimal nature. In fact, it's quite
interesting to note that both bands are Swiss, and so is Nik Bärtsch's
Ronin - the outfit which quite possibly started the zen-funk trend.
But Schnellertollermeier's music is arguably more accomplished than Sonar's.
It appeal to us might be due to the more violent nature that these guys employ,
and the performance that does not afraid to be rough (and less sterile) -
that's probably the most prominent feature they picked from their jazz
influences. Sonar might have utilized a darker sound on its latest release (also
reviewed in this issue), but Schnellertollermeier's music itself is more
menacing: it does not only set to explode, it explodes! and then it explodes
again, and then you realize you're in string of explosions, with the band going
from strength to strength.
We tried to analyze what makes this one better than its contemporaries, and
came to realize to it is the rhythmic reliance and focus of the pieces that
makes the difference. On X the music constantly delivers a chugging
vibe, and while it does have its melodic tidbits - these are woven into the
rhythmic fabric. It's a mindfucking experience. (9/10)
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