Exposé Online banner

Forsqueak — FSK
(Almendra AM0029, 2017, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2017-09-19

FSK Cover art

FSK is the debut album by the new Italian progressive jazz band Forsqueak, a quartet consisting of Bruno Pitruzzella (guitars), Sergio Schifano (baritone guitar), Luca La Russa (bass), and Simone Sfamell (drums). Forsqueak has an interesting approach to their musical compositions. Most of the instrumentals are riffs based around repeated four to eight note sequences with the music alternating between gritty energetic and sedate melodic passages. Each track sounds like it was built using the same approach as Manuel Göttsching’s on Inventions for Electric Guitar. Even though the riffs and sequences vary, there is a similarity in sound across many of the nine tracks. Forsqueak varies their formula on “Kindred” by adding raucous saxophone riffing and some tasty jazz violin for the final minute. There is something about the seventh track “Lay” that captivated my attention the most, probably the dub reverb that pops up several times during its 4.5 minutes. Another surprise is “Don Dolando” that begins with more of the same type of musical ideas and then abruptly morphs into a sinister ambient sound for its final 90 seconds. Consequently, over the first eight instrumentals you become used to their approach and then the final track “Hamster" takes you completely by surprise with its playful alternative rock sound. Overall, I am a bit ambivalent regarding FSK. It may require multiple listenings before I can truly appreciate Forsqueak.


Filed under: New releases, 2017 releases

Related artist(s): Forsqueak

More info
http://almendramusic.bandcamp.com/album/fsk

Latest news

2020-03-24
Bill Rieflin RIP – The sad news reaches us today of Bill Rieflin's death. Rieflin was best known as a drummer in bands ranging from post-punk to industrial to indie-rock to progressive rock, including work with The Blackouts, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Swans, Land, and King Crimson. Rieflin had been battling cancer for several years, and succumbed to it on March 24. He was 59. » Read more

2020-03-17
Cruise to the Edge and Seaprog 2020 Festivals Postponed – The worldwide outbreak of the novel coronavirus has started to produce casualties in the music world, and festivals are not immune. We've had word that both the Cruise to the Edge (originally slated for March 27 - April 1) and Seaprog (originally June 5-7) have been postponed to later dates, with those dates to be announced. » Read more

2020-03-06
McCoy Typer RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of one of the most influential pianists in the history of jazz, McCoy Tyner. His tenure with John Coltrane in the early 60s includes some of the most treasured recordings of the era, including My Favorite Things and A Love Supreme. After leaving Coltrane's group, he had a long and successful solo career. He was 81. » Read more

2020-02-18
Jon Christensen RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen, a musician whose sensitive playing did much to help define the atmospheric sound of ECM jazz recordings. His work with Jan Garbarek, Bobo Stenson, Terje Rypdal, and many more was sensitive and varied, adapting to a wide variety of styles while maintaining a distinct identity of its own. Christensen was 76. » Read more

2020-01-21
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Pelt - Técheöd – Here we have three ambient tracks from a not-so-dark trio on the indie VHF label. According to the label website, the title of this album is pronounced "Tay-hoood," but I'm still not certain what...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues