SOUND OF MUCUS - Filth Pharmacy
FJERNSYN FJERNSYN - Fjernsyn Fjernsyn
[Ninth World Music,]

Should names of bands scare anyone off from hearing the music for what it is? Do names get in the way of the music itself? These are the questions I'm faced with on these two releases from Denmark.

Sound of Mucus. When I first read the cover of their new CD "Filth Pharmacy", I admit I was a little bit taken aback. I mean, would this music make me ill? Does the trio play something that is so utterly disturbing they had to name themselves after Mucus? The answer is somewhere between the black and the white. The trio [whom I assume is from Sweden, where this session was recorded] is made up of Herman Muntzing on flexichord and samplers, Andreas Axelsson on percussion, drum-machine and CD player and Martin Kuchen on soprano, baritone and found objects. Their sound is very hectic and chaotic. They move from one idea to the next in a short span of time. Oftentimes within the context of one piece, they will attempt to cram as many ideas as they can come up with to keep proceedings interesting. This is improvisation on the brink of a cliff. You were afraid to jump, but once you do, it's a feeling of utter freedom and ecstasy. With all the superlatives aside, Sound of Mucus is not a trio to be disgusted of. Rather, these three are learning the ropes and testing the waters of their own, unique language of improvisation.

With Fjernsyn Fjernsyn, I had absolutely no idea what to expect. I mean, was this a misspelling of someone's name or was this simply a name for an ensemble? Fjernsyn Fjernsyn is in fact a group that was founded in Copenhagen in 2001, as part of the experimental collective yoyooyoy. The quintet is made up of guitarists Andreas Fuhrer and Tobias Fuglsang, percussionist Toke Tietze Mortensen and saxophonist Johannes Lund. The music they produce is full of fire and exhilarating energy. This is free improv blended in with generous portions of feedback noise, along with rock etiquette. Live, this band has played in Europe around various big-name festivals [such as Roskilde Festival] in front of thousands of adoring or annoyed listeners. [Does this mean that festival crowds are ready for this madness?] Whatever you want to call this, Fjernsyn Fjernsyn's self-titled debut CD is a blast of energy that is as unique as it is daring.

Tom Sekowski

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