Rare Noise Records
Bassist Lorenzo Feliciati has gathered an interestingly diverse mix of musicians. Cuong Vu exquisite trumpet playing has graced the likes of Pat Metheny and David Bowie, whilst UK-born but Swedish-based keyboard player Roy Powell spatters vintage-sounding Fender Rhodes and synth colours across an expansive aural canvas. Fans of King Crimson’s Pat Mastelotto will instantly recognise his eclectic-sourced percussives and alsorts in addition to his signature propulsive beats.
together they fashion a wonderfully engaging hybrid space, accommodating jazz, spacey electronic-freakouts, and even the occasional caustic spray of metal-edged guitar. Sitting somewhere near to Crimson-related ProjeKcts, and Decoy-era Miles Davis rather than the PR-advertised Bitches Brew, any impression that this is likely to be a sprawling free-for-all is quickly dispelled.
Tight knots of punchy arrangements add a smart focus, prevents some oblique jam-like numbers from drifting off into a woozy altered states. Cavernous rumbles and diaphanous, misty soundscapes are interrupted by unexpectedly powerful bursts of ascending stings, often woven with yearning, lyrical themes. There’s a surprisingly melodic dimension present that is unafraid to push into over rock territories. Immediate and attention-grabbing, Shizaru effortlessly bounds beyond the obvious and predictable.
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