Exposé Online banner

Monkey Diet — Inner Gobi
(Black Widow BWDIST 671, 2017, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2017-08-11

Inner Gobi Cover art

When bassist Daniele Piccinini left the prog / jazz group Accordo dei Contrari in 2014 after recording AdC, he and guitarist Gabriele Martelli (PropheXy) were persuaded by a mutual friend to put together a new band and explore improvised progressive psychedelic instrumental music. They jumped at the idea and added drummer Roberto Bernardi. After honing their sound they entered the studio in 2016 to record the nine tracks on Inner Gobi. Inner Gobi is one fantastic album featuring a multitude of shades and moods. The nightmarish cover art with the cluster of frog eggs — or are they eyes? — menacing the running man under a full moon gives you some idea of the mood on the disc. The album opens with “Ego Loss,” a pure slice of avant-prog, odd time signatures, and dissonance that kicks into high gear at its mid-point. The title track starts as a nightmarish dissonant instrumental that develops into a melodic ethereal guitar solo much like Pat Metheny. Then “Slidin’ Bikes” takes us in a new direction with moody bass and guitars playing different melodies that complement each other, eventually joining in a common riff. “The Endless Day of Robby the Ant” is a great song title of outstanding prog rock, doubled guitar lines, synth solos, and an ending that integrates Roy Batty’s iconic Bladerunner C-Beams Speech. “Moth” opens with wordless choral music that becomes supplanted by Frippian guitar work with robust psych-prog riffing and obvious King Crimson influences. Another great song title and instrumental is “Sorry Son … (I’ve Lost Your Car)” with outstanding drumming and superb prog-jazz fusion. “Moonshine” integrates a bit of funk with melodic prog rock. “Seppuku” is a harsh prog rock boogie. And the album closes with “Viking,” another stellar prog fusion instrumental and great guitar solos. “Viking” actually ends after about seven minutes, followed by three minutes of silence, when suddenly there are a few chords, drums, and lots of laughter. Monkey Diet is definitely a band to watch!


Filed under: New releases, 2017 releases

Related artist(s): Monkey Diet

Latest news

2017-07-27
Yestival Dates Beef up the Beat – Word reaches us that Dylan Howe (son of guitarist Steve Howe) will be joining Yes on their "Yestival" tour, drumming alongside longtime band member Alan White. » Read more

2017-05-19
First ProgStock Festival Set for October – October 2017 will see the inaugural edition of a festival called ProgStock in Rahway, New Jersey at the Union County Performing Arts Center. With a definite slant towards neo-progressive music, the event is sure to please many fans with the inclusion of such artists as Echolyn, Glass Hammer, and Aisles. The festival will take place October 13-15. » Read more

2017-05-05
Clive Brooks RIP – Word reaches us today of another sad passing in the music world. Drummer Clive Brooks, best known as a member of such Canterbury bands as Egg, Uriel / Arzachel, and Groundhogs, has died at the age of 67. Details are sketchy at this point. The news was reported on Nick Mason's Facebook page — Brooks was Mason's drum tech. » Read more

2017-05-02
Col. Bruce Hampton RIP – The phrase "He died doing what he loved" is almost a cliche, but in the case of Col. Bruce Hampton, it couldn't be more true. Hampton, who was born Gustav Berglund III, collapsed on stage at his own 70th birthday celebration and later passed away. The event took place at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. » Read more

2017-04-16
ProgDay 2017 Announces First Bands – Flor de Loto, Sonar, and Infinien are the first three performers to be announced for the 2017 edition of the long-running ProgDay Festival. The 23rd ProgDay takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Zao - Akhenaton – After a decade and a half, the zeuhl-fusion ensemble Zao are back with a release that is a real treat. While the lineup has changed from the classic formation which included Didier Lockwood on violin...  (1995) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues