Ennio Mazzon: Pavement Narrows (Discreetrecords, 2016)May 27, 2016 at 3:39 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment
This one opens with harsh, swarming noises which remind me of Astral Social Club, but then the rhythm comes in and it goes in a different direction. Harsh organ drones and scrambled feedback, but also slow, pulsating beats. There does seem to be a reverence to melody, as well as suspenseful pacing, but it’s still intense and blown-out and overpowering. During the lengthier “Masu”, things fall apart and then start phasing back together. The album is filled with flying sparks and shrapnel, and “Salmon Run” is particularly bruising. There’s calmer moments, too, but for a lot of these tracks you might want to wear a helmet while listening. It’s incredible, though.