Exposé Online banner

Crowther / Franklin / Marsh — Amherst Dislodged
(SLAMCD 263, 2005, CD)

by Sean McFee, Published 2007-03-01

Amherst Dislodged Cover art

Here’s an album by the British trio of Tim Crowther (guitar, guitar synth), Steve Franklin (keyboards), and Tony Marsh (drums). Everything here is improvised, with nine tracks tending towards the episodic (three minutes or so) or the extended (12-15 minutes) with little middle ground. The material tends to be frenetic, with a full band sound predominating, and reminds me more of free jazz than any other style of music. The chief differentiating factor between Amherst Dislodged and the majority of free jazz is the different instrumental palette; no acoustic bass, no horns, saxes, and little piano. The keys and guitar synth can simulate certain timbres (I hear horn-like qualities at times) but it’s not frequent; this is its own thing. Meters seem free to me throughout, although the rollicking organ-guitar duel in “Four Life Skills Missing” hints at some sort of polymetric riddle I can’t deduce. The standout is the 15-minute title track, quite free (of course), with rock-style drums in free meter and processed guitar and key textures alternating with piano, not dissimilar to 90s King Crimson improv in places. In fact if one insisted on comparing Amherst Dislodged with any “prog” (is anyone?), you could get some mileage out of a comparison to THRaKaTTaK. But again, this is its own thing. With the drums and guitar often competing for the lead, the keys are as likely to provide vamping or soundscape textures as to compete with the others. An excellent album. Where have they been all my life?


Filed under: New releases, Issue 34, 2005 releases

Related artist(s): Tim Crowther, Steve Franklin, Tony Marsh

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...

Il Tempio delle Clessidre - Il Tempio delle Clessidre – If you yearn for 70s Italian prog, rejoice as this genre is alive and well with the next generation of bands. The best is Il Tempio delle Clessidre (Temple of the Hourglass) whose name is a reference...  (2011) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues