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Muut by Tuner

The Estonian album title "Muut," translates into myth, which largely typifies some of the existential space-rock developments heard throughout this live recording. Yet one of the more curious aspects pertain to drummer Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson) and Markus Reuter’s ability to multitask as a duo and then project a much bigger group-based sound.

Reuter is a Renaissance man, and studied guitar under King Crimson founder Robert Fripp. And with Mastelotto, the duo’s existence is perhaps akin to a branch of the Crimson tree. Here, Reuter uses touch guitar, keys, laptop, and generates live loops while his band-mate renders the broad rhythmic element on these works spanning weighty backbeats, soaring themes and airy treatments.

With "virtual" appearances by singer Toyah Wilcox and drummer Jerry Marotta among others, due to Reuter’s laptop software, the musicians overlay spoken word and soft vocals in spots amid guerilla bass lines and more. It’s a layered panorama as phased EFX sounds interweave with pounding pulses and vividly produced dream-state maneuvers.

On the title track "MUUT," they enact a dark and ethereal musical vista via harrowing flute samples to create an effect that might be akin to an ancient ritual. Consequently, the duo fuses oscillating textures and a massive wall of sound but inject numerous highs and lows into the grand schema. An interesting combination, it is.

They lift a few elements from old school prog-rock while modernizing the output with interweaving sound-sculpting mechanisms and effective use of technology. In effect, they conjure up quite a few persuasive musical propositions and it must have been a treat to see these gents pulling it off during the live performances.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Tuner
  • CD Title: Muut
  • Genre: Other
  • Year Released: 2009
  • Record Label: Unsung Records
  • Rating: Three Stars
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