Die Anarchistische Abendunterhaltung! — Die Anarchistische Abendunterhaltung!
(Columbia 488786 2, 1995/1997, CD)
by Mike Ezzo, Published 1997-02-01
Much activity has been transpiring in Belgium as of late. First there was Univers Zero, Julverne and Present. There followed a whole slew of groups in the chamber/neo-classical/jazz-rock vein including Louise Avenue, Cro Magnon, X-Legged Sally, and many more. DAA is the latest addition. Six lengthy compositions including one traditional arrangement make up the debut release by this acoustic ensemble consisting of clarinet, violin, cello, and accordion. If this conjures up images for you of the darker gothic elements of classical meisters Art Zoyd and Univers Zero, then you'll be in for a surprise. DAA eschews that. They sound more like a string quartet with a senstivity to jazz and folk, and the kick of a rock band. Uptempo foot- stomping motifs wisk us through "II Drieslagstelsel." "IV Drieslagstelsel" lurks in a more powerful gloomy atmosphere; and it's here where this particular set of instrumental colors serves them appropriately. I would love to hear them approach this kind of material more. But they tend to shy away from it, almost as if to resist stepping on Art Zoyd's toes. The other pieces find them in a rough-and-tumble mood replete with bluesy harmonies, and riff-laden improvisation that belies the nature of the acoustic (and drummerless) instrumentation. Finally, on "Doorlap" they tone the festivities down to the strains of some Celtic folk music. The Belgians really specialize in this kind of music. I'd be interested to see what they do next. File somewhere in the grey area between Cro Magnon and Julverne.
Related artist(s): Die Anarchistische Abendunterhaltung (DAAU)
The Seventeenth Dream of Dr Sardonicus Festival Tickets Now Available – Fruits de Mer Records and their merry crew of psychedelic explorers are getting set to present the next The Seventeenth Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival. The dates are set for August 2-4, 2019 at The Cellar Bar in Cardigan, Wales. They've also announced that the legendary Groundhogs will top the bill. » Read more
Charles O'Meara (C.W. Vrtacek) RIP – A true musical original has left us. Charles O'Meara, who recorded under the name C.W. Vrtacek, was a wild-card musical talent, ranging from complex progressive rock to introspective modern compositions, with stops at many places inbetween. » Read more
Eurock Documentary Seeks Funding – We've been fans and fellow travelers with Archie Patterson and his Eurock project on the journey to discover great music. After many years of promoting and trying to spread the word,a new phase is beginning: a documentary film. Things like this don't just happen, and money does not magically appear to make it happen, so it's up to the fans to get it done. » Read more
Marty Balin RIP – One of the architects of the 60s psychedelic sound of San Francisco has died at the age of 76. Marty Balin was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane. After the split of the original Airplane, Balin went on to form the highly successful Jefferson Starship. » Read more