Escapade — Obscured Dialogues
(Mother West mwr0107097, 1997, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 1998-07-01
Those who have checked out Escapade’s previous two releases, Searching for the Elusive Rainbow and Inner Transluscence, may have some idea of what to expect from this limited edition set of live and rehearsal material recorded between 1996 and ‘97. Raw and emotional jams based in free improvisational rock are the order of the day — aggressive and psychedelic, with driving guitars, throbbing rhythms and a strong extra-sensory sense of imagination. Various electronic sounds — a mixture of vintage and primitive — seem to buzz away in the background, while guitars, bass and drums slug it out in near-vintage krautrock style, like Guru Guru jamming with Fifty Foot Hose. There are only three tracks here, all but one are side-long or longer, giving the band plenty of room to stretch their wings. The basic lineup is drums, two basses (one ‘processed,’ one normal), synthesizer, and guitar (different guitarist on every track), plus various sound effects generated by various means amid the growling guitar, bass textures, and hypnotic rhythms. It needs to be said that this is not a professional recording, it’s very raw and unpolished — not bad mind you, but don’t expect studio production qualities. Still, these performances are exceptionally strong and deserve to be heard.
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