Kris Gietkowski — Symmetric Communication
(Fruits de Mer strange fish fourteen, 2018, CD / LP)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2019-01-06
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.
Related artist(s): Kris Gietkowski
Audion Is Back in Business – Our esteemed colleague Alan Freeman has restarted Audion Magazine after a seven year hiatus. The new incarnation is available online on their Bandcamp site. Audion's history goes back to 1984, and included 58 issues up to 2013. Issue #59 is available now, and #60 is in the works. » Read more
Romantic Warriors IV – Krautrock (Part 2) Is in the Works – Zeitgeist Media, the people who have brought us the great series of documentary films chronicling the history of progressive rock, are working on the second installment of their examination of German music. Krautrock 2 will focus on artists from Münich such as Guru Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, and Popol Vuh. » Read more
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more