Exposé Online banner

Larry Kucharz — Smphncs
(International Audiochrome IA43, 2014, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2014-08-26

Smphncs Cover artLongtime Exposé readers who have been paying attention will recognize Kucharz’ name as we’ve reviewed nearly all his releases going back to 1998’s Unit 25: Dark Red. Sometimes his electronic works have been closer to experimental techno styles, other times going in more floating ambient directions, but Smphncs is a first of its kind among his recorded output to date. Less than a minute into the opener “Elevator Phantasy Waltz” the listener will recognize that this is a classical composition fully realized with an arsenal of electronics, applying techniques and stylings from many of his previous works in an entirely new way. While much of what’s here seems influenced by the softer more gentle side of Gershwin and Grofe, as well as many of the 19th and 20th century European impressionist composers, conveying a similar sort of playful imagery, changing moods and colorful atmospherics. Astute listeners of Kucharz’ previous works will recognize that all the trace elements of much of his previous work is here in abundance, they are nonetheless assembled in new ways, folded into more ambitious compositions that sparkle, morph, and delight. The program continues with “Adagio 43,” a slower piece with a memorable melodic takeaway. Other pieces like “Toccata 43” explore superimposed faster paced and lighthearted melodies over ambient wash backdrops. “Larghissimo 43” finds a more tranquil comforting ambient zone of slow morphing changes carefully layered over one another, it’s a piece that would have been right at home on one of the earlier works like Computerchoral Green Prints. There are a lot of interesting works here that cover new ground compositionally, but overall Smphncs will leave the listener in a more relaxed, de-stressed state at the conclusion of the eight pieces. And that’s a good thing!

Filed under: New releases, 2014 releases

Related artist(s): Larry Kucharz

Latest news

2018-09-29
Marty Balin RIP – One of the architects of the 60s psychedelic sound of San Francisco has died at the age of 76. Marty Balin was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane. After the split of the original Airplane, Balin went on to form the highly successful Jefferson Starship. » Read more

2018-09-25
Help the Psychic Equalizer Avoid Extinction – Last year we reviewed the debut album by Psychic Equalizer, a musical project of Hugo Selles. He's now working on the ambitious follow-up to that release, and is seeking funding from listeners around the world. » Read more

2018-09-05
Krautrock Documentary Seeks Funding – The next installment of the Progressive Warriors documentary series will focus on the vast body of music that falls under the banner of "krautrock." As most of our readers will know, previous films have tackled RIO and the Canterbury scene, as well as what we might call "mainstream" prog rock. » Read more

2018-07-31
Tomasz Stańko RIP – Tomasz Stańko, one of the greats of Eastern European jazz, has died at the age of 76. Stańko's career started in Krzysztof Komeda's quintet, where he contributed trumpet from 1963-1967, when he formed his own group. He worked extensively with Edward Vesala, Don Cherry, Zbigniew Seifert, Chico Freeman, Howard Johnson, Cecil Taylor, and many others. Many of his recordings have been released by ECM, an association that began in the mid-70s. » Read more

2018-07-09
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Tasavallan Presidentti - Tasavallan Presidentti, Lambertland & Milky Way Moses – The first eponymous album Finnish band Tasavallan Presidentti recorded was a cross between folk, blues, and jazz-rock with pop influences. A really diverse album with an immaculate rendition of the...  (2005) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues