Published Feb 28, 2014This self-titled record from the Unsemble is the first offering from the instrumental trio comprising Duane Denison (Tomahawk/The Jesus Lizard), Alexander Hacke (Einsturzende Neubaten) and Brian Kotzur (Silver Jews). Denison's unmistakable guitar work frames the project, with his twangy tones ringing reminiscent of his moodier work with Tomahawk.
The record is a mix of the group's composed and improvised pieces, and the sequencing suggests a kind of tension between the two. With their compositions, the Unsemble sound as though they're scoring a film not yet made, but they never settle into those cinematic moments for long. The improv pieces are purposefully positioned so that the Unsemble seemingly upset their own composure, like a film reel that's become stuck: it distorts slowly, then bubbles feverishly until it finally melts away. (Ipecac)