Exposé Online banner

Kris Gietkowski — Symmetric Communication
(Fruits de Mer strange fish fourteen, 2018, CD / LP)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2019-01-06

Symmetric Communication Cover art

Last year Fruits de Mer released Kris Gietkowski’s interpretation of the first Egg album. A year later, Kris is back on Fruits de Mer with a brand new album of original material plus a cover of Egg’s “A Visit to Newport Hospital” from their follow-up LP The Polite Force. And interestingly the other two original tracks “FX 4” and “Divided by Zero” sound like they could have easily found a home on The Polite Force. Kris is consummate solo musician and listening to this new album he sounds like a full band jamming away, not the result of meticulously layering individual separately recorded tracks. And I find the overall compositions and performance quite complex for a solo artist and album. He faithfully captures the Canterbury sound of messrs Stewart, Campbell, and Brooks. In addition, there is a lot of nice interplay between piano and Hammond organ, as well as some experimental moments with sustained chords as on “FX 4.” Last year Kris’ first release sold out immediately resulting in a repress, which rapidly sold out as well. For Symmetric Communication, FdM’s Keith Jones pressed a greater number of colored vinyl as well as a CD with a bonus track. If you missed out on grabbing a copy of his first release, you can still locate a copy of Symmetric Communication without having to resort to outrageous eBay prices.


Filed under: New releases, 2018 releases

Related artist(s): Kris Gietkowski

More info
http://www.fruitsdemerrecords.com/symmetric.html

Latest news

2019-11-07
Glenn Smith RIP – Glenn Smith, founder, mandolinist, and primary composer of the DeLand, Florida based prog / fusion band Magnatar, passed away on October 18th 2019 at the age of 68, after a brief illness.  » Read more

2019-11-04
Dino Brassea RIP – Word reaches us of the passing of Dino Brassea, who sang and played flute in Cast for many years. By our count, Brassea appeared on 11 Cast albums between 1994 and 2002. He also released music as a solo artist. » Read more

2019-10-06
Ginger Baker RIP – Legendary English drummer Ginger Baker has died at the age of 80. After coming to fame with Cream in the 60s alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, he became one of the most recognized and influential drummers of the rock era. On September 25, his family announced that he was critically ill, and on October 6 his death was confirmed. » Read more

2019-08-20
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Peter Frohmader & Fuchs-Gamböck - Das Ist Alles – German rock journalist Michael Fuchs-Gamböck and Peter Frohmader met at a Faust concert in 1997. Their mutual interest in Krautrock and experimental music led to a lasting friendship and now a...  (2001) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues