Cutting-edge free-jazz and experimental guitarist Bruce Eisenbeil joins North Carolina keyboardist Dave Fox and his group for an aggressive and genre-crushing sojourn. Fox looms as a Renaissance man here as he helps anchor the quartet with swirling organ patterns, and dirty Fender Rhodes implementations. It’s a revved-up electro, free-form gala with thrills a minute, akin to a rapidly-paced cinematic thriller.
Fox’s wily keys and Eisenbeil’s buzzing and flickering licks generate gobs of excitement here, as the rhythm section flexes its muscle via asymmetrical pulses and sweeping patterns. In effect, the band surfaces as a combustible music-making machine. Yet they occasionally temper the various flows while embarking on reengineering processes. At times, Fox sprinkles airy keys across the top, and goes toe-to-toe with Eisenbeil on several occasions as they activate a rolling thunder type game plan.
The musicians render a few nip and tuck, free-form dialogues amid liquefying themes and massive deconstruction efforts. At times, Eisenbeil conjures up lucid thoughts of how Hendrix might perform within these musical environs. On "An Encounter With A Street Troll," Fox’s manic organ voicings present a frenetic underscore to a sequence of fractured motifs, shaded with circular storylines. And the band ventures into minimalist territory. However, Eisenbeil lets his imagination soar on "Home Again, For Now," where his phased, ‘60s rock guitar voicings might sound like George Harrison delving into a psychedelic-drenched cosmic breakdown. In sum, this is a persuasive and thoroughly hip album. They play tricks with your neural network throughout.