DISEN G¬GE - Libert‚ge

Disen G‚ge - Libert‚ge

7 songs
56:49 minutes
***** **


When I reviewed the Russian instrumental prog band Disen G‚ge's first album The Screw-Loose Entertainment some time back, I was awed by the way the packed their musical complexity into concise songs. Two years later, they are unexpectedly back, as was hinted earlier that their scientific careers were more important to them than their art. Luckily three of the original members still found some time for music, and by recruiting a new guitarist, they entered a studio and recorded their second album Libert‚ge.

Where the songs averaged four minutes on their debut, Libert‚ge doubles that length, showing already from the start that the approach this time around is much different. Instead of composing songs in a painstaking way, Disen G‚ge decided to leave that part for the recording session, meaning that they just supply a general sonic construct which leaves plenty of room for improvisation.

If I compared their first album to Eighties King Crimson, it just seems logical to further the parallel to Robert Fripp's improvisational ProjeKCts series. The opener Entrťe and the closer Sortie charm the listener with melancholic sounds. The Crash, with barely five minutes the album's shortest track, is the wildest and most accessible moment on the album, even if its nervous undertones are not for everyone. The four longer tracks are wildly bizarre, a true rollercoaster ride through the realm of dual guitar driven avant prog experimentalism. When the band info compares their music to impressionist paintings, it all makes perfect sense. Everything culminates in the quarter hour long H5N1, the technical name for the aviary flu, thus betraying the band's biochemistry background.

The band's debut was the more accessible album, with a sharper ear for melodies, but Libert‚ge still has its moments. The sheer number of elements, ranging from prog to avant-garde or from fusion to contemporary music, allows Disen G‚ge to add a sense of adventure to their still rather structured improvisations. If you need to hum along to your music, you most obviously have to pass on this one, but those who like a musical challenge from time to time will get certain pleasure out of this CD.

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