Exposé Online banner

Atomic Ape — Swarm
(Web of Mimicry WOM044, 2014, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2014-05-20

Swarm Cover artLed by composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Jason Schimmel, also a current member of Secret Chiefs 3, and formerly of Estradasphere and the short lived Orange Tulip Conspiracy, Atomic Ape picks up more or less where the latter band left off. The eleven tracks herein represent a twisted ride of genre-bending instrumental rock blended with influences from around the globe, and the players seem to be having a lot of fun doing it. Nothing is off limits here, although I have to say that the metal extremities and general weirdness one might have found on a typical Estradasphere album are toned down and refined into something far more enjoyable. Joining Schimmel are many of his former bandmates from throughout the years: Estradasphere alumni Timba Harris (violin), Adam Stacey (keys), John Whoolilurie (sax), and Lee Smith (drums) are all here; also on board are Trey Spruance (guitar) and Eyvind Kang (viola) from Secret Chiefs 3. Percussionist Danny Frankel, bassist Devin Hoff, and numerous other outstanding instrumentalists contribute to this wild ride as well, with just about every instrument imaginable being represented, track depending. Most of what’s here is fast paced and energetic, brimming with brilliance. Jazz and big-band stylings make frequent appearances throughout, with touches of Euro-ethnic folk and middle eastern themes. One might hope that, unlike Orange Tulip Conspiracy, Atomic Ape lasts for more than a single album. But if it doesn’t, so be it. Swarm is a powerful statement by any measure.

Filed under: New releases, 2014 releases

Related artist(s): Atomic Ape

Latest news

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Various Artists - To Cry You a Song: A Collection of Tull Tales – At first thought, this disc had the possibility of being not just another tribute album with renditions of classic songs by wimpy bands and weird line-ups. But as with some expectations, they can tend...  (1996) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues