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Copernicus — Disappearance
(Nevermore Inc. NCD 2091, 2009, CD)

by Jeff Melton, Published 2010-07-01

Disappearance Cover artIf Van Halen’s David Lee Roth decided to drop it all and become an obtuse beat poet, that may create a small avenue of interest into the ramblings of Copernicus. There is no doubt that plenty of work was done behind the scenes with a who’s-who of long-time friends and session musicians creating a unique framework for the subatomic physics level musings of the artist. “The Quark Gluon Plasma” provides some excellent Spanish guitar meshed with some quavery synthesizer which a trained ear can focus on whether you can stand the recitation or not. Coming at this project from that point of view it’s a bit easier to strike some common ground for the musicians. “The Blind Zombies” is perhaps the most melodic delivery of the seven tracks with the semi-classical arrangement that works well with Larry Kirwan’s Frisell-like segues. Musical director Pierce Turner demonstrates a keen ear for the unique arrangement also heard on “Atomic New Orleans” and the extended album closer, “Revolution II.” The former piece is a nice slice of basic R&B rock still accented by jittery synth washes while the latter track begins with a convincing strong free jazz drum cadenza. Reading through the singer’s writings, there is obviously some cosmic point he’s trying to substantiate. However challenging the album may be, it is clear there are going to be discerning listeners who will find solace in these pieces of uncomfortable but controlled chaos.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 38, 2009 releases

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