Exposé Online banner

Cinematik — Cinematik
(Kachina NS92347002, 2001, CD)

Cinematik — One Full Moon Away
(Kachina NS92347002, 2003, CD)

by Jeff Melton, Published 2005-09-01

Cinematik Cover artOne Full Moon Away Cover artHome grown rock and roll products usually have a lifespan of their own which explains in part what Cinematik is about. Drummer Neal Smith’s resume includes stints as the former skin beater for the golden era of the Alice Cooper Band (later with Wendy O. Williams in the Plasmatics). The rest of the trio is guitarist Robert Mitchell and bassist Peter Catucci who hail from previous stints in local Connecticut regional acts. The trio’s most recent studio recording is One Full Moon Away, a collection of esoteric roots rock and attitude. Robert Mitchell’s lead guitar on the disc opener, “Incognito” sets an SRV-like tone for his moody blues outing together with accompaniment from saxophonist Klyph Johnson. Other tracks include “Frozen” which relies on an acoustic guitar setting with a shuffle drum part from Smith. “Digga Doom” uses an open tuning together with a sitar guitar to establish a compelling groove. “Murder in the Moon” is the trio’s most ambient endeavor as looped feedback sets the tone for another shuffle groove mode the trio finds easily. In contrast, the band’s initial recording is a disc of ten songs of straight forward rock evidenced by the moody opener, “Nude Ellie” that owes a lot to Ennio Morricone’s spaghetti western soundtracks. The follow-up slot belongs to “Grace Beach” which is an atmospheric instrumental that propels nicely down a road of tom toms and jangly guitar. “1000 Miles Away” occupies a space in the realm of Dire Straits for empathic delivery and classy blues rock while “African Clay” is perhaps the most ethereal piece on the disc. “Awake” conjures Native American nuances that are appropriately understated to good effect as well. Closing out the disc is the distinctive song “Sand Script” that relies on a fuzz guitar lead and a linear bass line to navigate a conga drums section. Catucci’s lead vocal bemoans a desert soundscape before Mitchell’s slide guitar tricks are introduced. Overall it’s a different and brooding musical slant the trio has embarked on their first sets of recordings.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 32, 2001 releases, 2003 releases

Related artist(s): Cinematik

Latest news

2018-05-14
Glenn Branca RIP – Experimental guitarist and composer Glenn Branca has died at the age of 69. He was known for compositions featuring large ensembles of guitars, and for the use of feedback. He founded his band Theoretical Girls in the mid-70s as an art-punk answer to what he saw as the increasing commercialization of punk music. His compositions were highly influential, with such figures as David Bowie, Thurston Moore, and John Lurie among his fans. » Read more

2018-04-05
OBEY Convention XI Set for May 24-28 in Halifax – As the 2018 festival season rapidly approaches, we’d like you to be aware of a real treasure of diverse and creative music that’s going to take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, next month. The OBEY Convention is on its 11th outing, and features a wide range of artists from around the world. From avant-industrial noise to experimental takes on Classical Chinese music, from chamber jazz to doom metal, from ambient soundscapes to Canadian First Nations drumming, you’d be hard pressed to find a festival with more variety in sound anywhere in the world. » Read more

2018-04-04
Close to the Rain Festival in Bergen Announces Lineup – Now in its second year, the Close to the Rain Festival of progressive music is scheduled to take place in Bergen, Norway, on June 7 - 9. They've got an amazing slate of bands lined up, including such powerhouses as Anekdoten, Major Parkinson, Arabs in Aspic, Tusmørke, and many more. » Read more

2018-03-01
Seaprog 2018 Artist Announcements Raise Festival's Profile – Seattle's Seaprog festival has been going since 2013, and the 2018 edition features a slate of artists that's sure to bring more attention to the event. Cheer-Accident, Bubblemath, and Free Salamander Exhibit are in the first round announcement of performers. In keeping with their tradition of focusing on regional artists, they will also present a number of artists from Washington and Oregon. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more

2018-02-26
Adelbert von Deyen RIP – Word reaches us that German electronic musician Adelbert von Deyen has died. His recorded legacy reaches back to 1978, when Sky Records released Sternzeit. Von Deyen, who was born October 25, 1953 in Süderbrarup, was also known as a painter and graphic artist. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

David Torn / Mick Karn / Terry Bozzio - Polytown – David Torn (guitars, effects), Mick Karn (fretless bass) and Terry Bozzio (drums, percussion) have all been around the block, and this unlikely trio have released one of the years most interesting and...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues