Shank - "Do"
[Nonplace, www.nonplace.de]

I don’t know what it is about organic music, but it has heart. Shank is a Berlin-based sextet that encompasses an organic music motto “Leave us alone in peace to play our instruments, and don’t let technology interfere too much.” It took Shank only one week to record “Do”, but it took their producer Burnt Friedman an entire three months to put this record together using the technology he had at hand. Shank is apparently known as a band that produces their music from scratch, without as much as a reference point. Having said that, the music on “Do” doesn’t at all sound like it was rushed into existence. It actually comes across as a very thought-out process, a process that only Shank truly knows about. I hate comparisons [I think it’s only abusive when bands get these labels], but I can’t help to think what Can would sound like today, if they had some of the technology Shank have at their disposal. The music is very relaxed, laid back, almost to the point of being blasé. What saves it from the point of blasé, is the way members of this sextet interact with one another. They know that creating something out of nothing takes effort, which is probably why this production process took so long. One of the things that attracts me to this record is the subtlety which it employs. They do more with less. The multi-layered percussion on top of the minimal guitar and hushed dub-like bass lines are absolutely gorgeous. My only concern is with the length of individual tracks. The second track [all of them are untitled] would have worked much better had it been extended past its 5 minute length. Only then, would Shank been able to truly shine. This is neither a jazz record [though there is trumpet used sparingly here], nor a rock record [though the tracks have a sense of rhythm and structure], nor is this a dub record. This is a little bit of everything thrown into one pot. “Do” is a flawless record for those that like to take their music with a large dose of a hushed tone.

Tom Sekowski


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