Exposé Online banner

Present — Barbaro (Ma Non Troppo)
(Ad Hoc 30/31, 2009, CD+DVD)

by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele, Published 2010-07-01

Barbaro (Ma Non Troppo) Cover artPresent has a history of making macabre movie-soundtrack music since their first album Triskaidekaphobie was released in 1980. Their ninth record is accompanied by an essential archive DVD featuring live performances of three new tracks on the CD, plus archival footage that goes back to 2001. Engineer Udi Koomran rates with the other band members due to his excellent skill in sound reproduction, both live and in studio. The video contains two performances from two different days at the Rock in Opposition event in France in 2007; a performance from the Gouveia Art Rock Festival in Portugal in 2006; and four archival videos. The first of these is the best representation of what this band is all about: well rehearsed, precise and exacting, and closer than ever, since the core members have been together over ten years. The swinging percussion of Dave Kerman and up-front bass playing of Keith Macksoud are complex, dense, and foundational. Leader and composer Roger Trigaux plays both keyboards and guitar, supporting the other players on the front line while his son Reginald is the full-time guitarist. Pierre Chevalier, the keyboardist, plays gnarly melodies and dismal harmonies; Present is not for the faint of heart. “Jack the Ripper,” carries all the sad weight of its subject matter and it will scare the pants off you. New additions of Matthieu Safatly on cello and Pierre Desassis on saxophone add further color and density to the sound pictures as well. Both die-hard and newbie fans should consider this is as ideal place to begin their descent into darkness of Present. With their best promotional vehicle now ready, can the group be considering an all-out conquest of America again? One can only hope.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 38, 2009 releases

Related artist(s): Dave Kerman, Present

Latest news

2018-05-14
Glenn Branca RIP – Experimental guitarist and composer Glenn Branca has died at the age of 69. He was known for compositions featuring large ensembles of guitars, and for the use of feedback. He founded his band Theoretical Girls in the mid-70s as an art-punk answer to what he saw as the increasing commercialization of punk music. His compositions were highly influential, with such figures as David Bowie, Thurston Moore, and John Lurie among his fans. » Read more

2018-04-05
OBEY Convention XI Set for May 24-28 in Halifax – As the 2018 festival season rapidly approaches, we’d like you to be aware of a real treasure of diverse and creative music that’s going to take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, next month. The OBEY Convention is on its 11th outing, and features a wide range of artists from around the world. From avant-industrial noise to experimental takes on Classical Chinese music, from chamber jazz to doom metal, from ambient soundscapes to Canadian First Nations drumming, you’d be hard pressed to find a festival with more variety in sound anywhere in the world. » Read more

2018-04-04
Close to the Rain Festival in Bergen Announces Lineup – Now in its second year, the Close to the Rain Festival of progressive music is scheduled to take place in Bergen, Norway, on June 7 - 9. They've got an amazing slate of bands lined up, including such powerhouses as Anekdoten, Major Parkinson, Arabs in Aspic, Tusmørke, and many more. » Read more

2018-03-01
Seaprog 2018 Artist Announcements Raise Festival's Profile – Seattle's Seaprog festival has been going since 2013, and the 2018 edition features a slate of artists that's sure to bring more attention to the event. Cheer-Accident, Bubblemath, and Free Salamander Exhibit are in the first round announcement of performers. In keeping with their tradition of focusing on regional artists, they will also present a number of artists from Washington and Oregon. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more

2018-02-26
Adelbert von Deyen RIP – Word reaches us that German electronic musician Adelbert von Deyen has died. His recorded legacy reaches back to 1978, when Sky Records released Sternzeit. Von Deyen, who was born October 25, 1953 in Süderbrarup, was also known as a painter and graphic artist. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Tom Heasley - Desert Tryptich – On his previous recordings Where the Earth Meets the Sky and On the Sensations of Tone (reviewed in #23 and #26 respectively), Heasley’s floating ambient epics were created with the tuba as the...  (2006) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues