The Bowling Alley Sound is an avant-garde quintet from the USA.
The Bowling Alley Sound
Today is taking the shape of one in which my inept administration is on full display as once again – this is something that has been languishing in my email inbox for well over a week.
Prior to hitting play suspend all concepts of expected song structure and allow yourself the time to empty the mind of thoughts of natural breaks as the just under nine minutes of their latest single – Alabama Dissonance (available on bandcamp), is a continuum which spins in to an axis of buffeting side impacting interventions in a composition that was inspired by travelling down a motorway in the dark of night, under a violent thunderstorm with limited visibility due the intensity of rainfall with articulated lorries hurtling past and blinding lighting and roaring claps of thunder adding to the disorientation, yet with a consistent undercurrent, representative of the motion of a car serenely progressing down the road regardless of outside unquiet.
There is a luscious darkness to the undertow of the latest track to surface – Strange Wasteland – as the stunning vocals soar through the room to the surrounding compression and expansion of keys and strings which enmesh the listener in barbed wire in a composition that reflects on the detritus that soils the globe, whilst others spout glib words pretexting of ‘environmental concerns’.
ZERRIN, in Strange Wastelands, offers both a challenge and invective that casts scathing pall through the room in an aural descriptor of the reality of good intent and lax personal responsibility.
Their latest track to surface – Gangly Limbs – by title alone explains with some clarity the conceptual ideas of Molino.
Swathed in free-form jazz and maths rock influences the collection of five wind instruments, both brass and reed, accompanied by drums, synths, odds & ends and voice gives the septet a distinctive sound that akin to Marmite will have you either recoiling or dipping in for another slice of buttered toast and yeast extract, the fact I am suggesting you spend part of your day listening to them, indicates that not only do I like Marmite, I also like the music.
Barlo is the avant-garde project of Marco Barluzzi from Belluno in Italy.
Revealing material every few years dating back to 2009 and most recently last month Barlo offers up music which stretches across the gamut of styles with the constancy of a sense of brooding cloud and fuzzy-synth, other than that his out-put is as almost as eclectic as the range of styles which feature on this site.
Barlo is able to create music in which ever style that is drawn from the lucky-dip that captivates for its spaciousness and expressiveness which confidently floats around the head as his flow of ideas pours forth.
His is a thought process that needs to be taken when you have plenty of time as although each track stands on its own, they are so disparate that to do so in isolation is to miss the whole point of the journey. Though of course having said that I will only be featuring one track, but taking the time to thread back through the three LPs containing forty seven tracks in total (all available on bandcamp) with each subsequent release becoming more expansive – is time well spent.