Exposé Online banner

WorldService Project — Serve
(RareNoise RNR093, 2018, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2018-08-11

Serve Cover art

WorldService Project’s follow-up to the outstanding For King and Country is called Serve, and it serves (ahem!) up another set of great tunes. No real changes are in evidence, nor are any needed. It’s like the band is a machine that Dave Morecroft feeds musical ideas into, turns the crank, and out comes something wonderful. Exactly how the machine works is a mystery, but some of the parts can be deduced by examining the output. Kick-ass drumming from Harry Pope is an important piece. His thunderous toms drive the music as if it’s running from a ravenous tiger in hot pursuit. Arthur O’Hara’s bass anchors the tunes with heavy funk that threatens to inspire involuntary devil-horn hand signs. Morecroft himself provides keyboards, but you’ll hear no clean, precise, jazzy licks here. His electric piano growls and crunches, reinforcing the riff or injecting chaos in turns. Saxophone (Tim Ower) soars and squeals and cajoles, sometimes trying to convince us that we’re listening to jazz and other times dashing those expectations by roaring like a punk guitar. Raphael Clarkson provides a similar service with his trombone, defying expectations about what kind of context a trombone should find itself in and how it should sound. Then there’s the wild card of Morecroft’s vocals. Ranting in various languages, screaming, or wordlessly doubling a melody, you never know what to expect. There also seems to be a kind of randomness generator built in, causing the music to make unexpected detours, like abruptly cutting off a grooving riff for a couple of minutes of free-form, floating improvisation or indulging in a Primus-like story about a weird clown. This is a complex and well-oiled machine, and as far as I can tell, it produces no pollution or undesirable by-products, just 100% satisfying music.


Filed under: New releases, 2018 releases

Related artist(s): WorldService Project

More info
http://worldserviceproject.bandcamp.com/album/serve

Latest news

2020-02-18
Jon Christensen RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen, a musician whose sensitive playing did much to help define the atmospheric sound of ECM jazz recordings. His work with Jan Garbarek, Bobo Stenson, Terje Rypdal, and many more was sensitive and varied, adapting to a wide variety of styles while maintaining a distinct identity of its own. Christensen was 76. » Read more

2020-01-21
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more

2020-01-15
Carlos Alvarado RIP – Carlos Alvarado, pioneering composer, multi-instrumentalist and pioneer of progressive rock and electronic experimental music in Mexico, passed away January 14th, 2020 at age 68 after a two year battle with cancer.  » Read more

2020-01-12
Wolfgang Dauner RIP – Pianist Wolfgang Dauner, one of the pioneers of both European free jazz and jazz rock, has died at the age of 84. With his own groups and with the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, his playing and compositions were a prominent presence in European jazz from the mid-60s until just recently. » Read more

2020-01-12
Michael Allison RIP – Michael Allison, who since 1997 has been recording as Darshan Ambient, passed away on January 9th after a long and brave battle with cancer. He has been at at the forefront of the new ambient/electronic music scene, with over eighteen releases to his credit. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

SSI - E Pluribus Unum – SSI (Sonic Solutions, Inc.) apparently consists of California brothers Will and John Goff, who combine laptops and MIDI synths along with live and programmed percussion to create sounds reminiscent...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues