No smoke without fire...
Bremen Town Musicians
Departing from the sublime anthemic rock of their eponymous debut, Bremen Town Musicians cut loose into stretchy, less certain territories with their follow-up release, Marijuana Girl. Using group improvisation as the starting point they’ve pulled off a beguiling blend of avant space-pop.
The amorphous character of this outing is sometimes suggestive of the darkly turbulent cavities between the songs on
Vocalist Cary Moss’s guttural rasp oozes menace on the dense, oppressive atmospheres of "13 Thousand Men", eventually dissolving into paranoiac yammer on the Can-like "I Wouldn’t Join A Club That Would Have Me As A Member."
Groove-based Improvisation and free-association vocals can be notoriously difficult to carry off; it’s always a high-wire walk between percipient know-how and verbose noodling.
Though there are a couple of lapses in concentration here and there (the title track perhaps being the guilty party here), the overall impression is that of a band pushing away from the comfort zone into something altogether more ambiguous. Thankfully they pull it off with great assurance and make the whole thing rather listenable into the bargain.