Exposé Online banner

Garlic — L'Enigma della Trottola
(Mellow MMP 395, 2000, CD)

by Mike Grimes, Published 2002-09-01

L'Enigma della Trottola Cover art

Italian three-piece Garlic recorded this album live in the studio over three days with no overdubs. The songs are all instrumental guitar, bass, and drums with interesting electronic processing adding some extra sonic spice. The songs are very experimental and improvised sounding. “Il Pezzo delle 5” sounds like it could be one of the Red-era King Crimson improvs. And there is a song that incorporates the middle 13/8 part of “Starless.” However, for the most part, Garlic is much more jazz and RIO influenced than Crimson-inclined. The songs definitely don’t make frequent use of standard major/minor chord progressions. “Goya” grooves through some off chromatic patterns and some alternate microtuning sections. “Batret Blue,” for example, has some tweaked-out processed guitar that would make Stockhausen smile. “Slowland” starts off like it might be the exception piece with a “normal” guitar intro, but quickly turns in a more experimental direction. There’s even a resonance guitar middle part in that song that sounds like a didgeridoo or some Tuvan throat singing. The drums, especially the snare, are often understated and frequently sound like they are being played with brushes instead of sticks. That tends to add to the spacey, jazzy sound of the tunes. Fans of non-standard melodies and spontaneously composed songs might enjoy the sound and taste of Garlic.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 25, 2000 releases

Related artist(s): Garlic

Latest news

2021-04-01
New Aristocrats Live Album on the Way – No foolin'! These supreme musicians toured Europe early in 2020, just before touring ceased to be a thing musicians could do, and there were some hot performances captured. On May 7, some of these will be releases as Freeze! Live in Europe 2020. » Read more

2021-03-25
Return of Jerry Lucky's Progressive Rock Files – After much consideration and surprisingly, positive feedback, Jerry Lucky is announcing the launch of the progressive Rock Files podcast, featuring the latest progressive rock music from around the world. » Read more

2021-03-14
Jewlia Eisenberg RIP – The sad news has come out that Jewlia Eisenberg has died. As a founding member of Charming Hostess, Eisenberg changed the face of music, bringing together Balkan klezmer, American folk, and experimental rock in a distinctive blend that garnered much praise. » Read more

2021-03-11
RIP Roger Trigaux – The sad news has come to our attention that Roger Trigaux, the guiding force of Present and former member of Univers Zero, passed away on the evening of March 10, 2021 after a long ilness. » Read more

2021-02-14
SoundQuest Fest 2021 – SoundQuest Fest, first experienced as a live festival in Tucson Arizona in 2010 was created by ambient music pioneer Steve Roach. This 2021 event will unite a worldwide gathering of artists and audience members together for a 3-day online event unique in the realm of ambient music. From March 26-28th a continuous flow of streamed performances, audio-video wonder worlds and deep immersion zones will burn bright on Roach’s YouTube channel. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

François Couturier - Nostalghia - Song for Tarkovsky – The films of the late Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky have been widely acclaimed in international circles for over thirty years. Pianist François Couturier has taken as inspiration characters,...  (2007) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues