Exposé Online banner

Pak — Motel
(RA Sounds Ra007, 2005, CD)

by Cesar Montesano, Published 2006-05-01

Motel Cover art

Stack rib rack shack shakes a hook a lox, Pak burns with nervy verve enough to crackle their dense skein right out in the open, amidst solar flares. A stalwart trio with brio, knowing full well how to romp over a complex signature shred with sinewy ease, making mincemeat. Grinding disparate avant elements and oblique techniques, they have more chops than the butcher planting ferocious toothpick in your grill. Meaty treats are grated in a blinding flurry of bone-crushing notational stutters. Complicated compositions are fleshed out in such a manner that they must sweat scalding broth. The simmering flavor is savory. Lyrics blubber out, blurted quickly and sharply. Beefy licks are strung together, wound tighter than stuffed lamb shanks. Odd-metered, lumpy, and chunked to searing perfection there is nary a sliver of marrow not slathered on this packed plate. It's all sandwiched together so thickly that it comes off like twelve bites of porkroll at once. We're forced to put a bib on, mouth stuffed to the gills, dribbling gravy on our Sunday best. It's not Sloppy Joe, more like sizzling Manwich. Roasted in an avant-progressive spit and spirit, swollen sausage fingers bloody the party with tasty embraces. Stewed or snacked, sliced and diced, tenderized, buttered to fry, or even raw tartar, the meal satisfies. This will sink its teeth into you, bind your brain in leather, and leave you with your tongue hanging out like so much dried and wrinkled jerky. Feel the marinated molecules of reckless abandon curing.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 33, 2005 releases

Related artist(s): Pak, Ron Anderson, Carla Kihlstedt

More info
http://ronanderson.bandcamp.com/album/motel-remaster-2017

Latest news

2020-06-14
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more

2020-05-14
Jorge Santana RIP – Jorge Santana, noted guitarist, leader of the band Malo and brother to Carlos Santana, died on May 14 at the age of 68. Jorge and Carlos worked together on a number of occasions, though Jorge's career was centered around Malo, solo work, and with Fania All-Stars. » Read more

2020-05-06
Florian Schneider RIP – Florian Schneider, one of the founders of the pioneering electronic group Kraftwerk, has died at the age of 73. Co-founder Ralf Hütter announced that his bandmate had passed away from cancer after a brief illness. » Read more

2020-04-23
Shindig Festival Goes Lock-Down – Here's what they're saying: It's A Happening Thing! The Shindig! Magazine Lockdown Festival. In our days of no large gatherings of people, maybe it's still possible to have a music festival. Shindig! Magazine is giving it a go with a multi-artist streaming extravaganza on Saturday April 25. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

K2 - The Book of the Dead – Imagine Progrock Records’ Shawn Gordon’s surprise when he heard from K2 bassist Ken Jaquess that not only Allan Holdsworth but the late Shaun Guerin had agreed to play on his big time...  (2006) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues