Italian bassist Lorenzo Feliciati and his laudable band-mates take your listening space under siege with this hefty bag of jazz-fusion, electronica and avant-rock. They spawn a cataclysmic sequence of storylines, topped off by trumpeter Cuong Vu's scorching notes as Feliciati's booming, yet pliant lines help consummate a massive rhythmic element along with drummer Pat Mastelotto, of King Crimson and first-call session notoriety. Keyboardist Roy Powell rounds out the band makeup, where electronics, distortion, and feisty improvisational segments ride atop pulsating backbeats, shadowy textures and expansive impressionism.
Vu's yearning phraseology is shaded with raspy overtones as he often serves as the general of command and control. With loose groove movements, tinged with world music elements, streaming EFX, and broad developments that are cast in an unhurried methodology, the music occasionally depicts a barren and demolished landscape.
"Ossimoro" is a piece that is concentrated on an undercurrent that perpetuates an alien dreamscape and widens across an infinitesimal plane, offset by quirky piano clusters, oscillating bass and subversive motivations. Elsewhere, the unit steps up the pace while navigating through a consortium of nooks and crannies.
Amid an abundance of cosmic breakouts, Shizaru is an album that ages-well on subsequent listens, due to the steady evolution of subplots and faint melodies. Moreover, the musicians' complement the shockingly designed intensities with synergistic interchanges.