Dr. Pete Larson and his Cytotoxic Nyatiti Band: Misiginebig LP (Dagoretti Records, 2019)

February 23, 2020 at 12:25 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Dr. Pete Larson and his Cytotoxic Nyatiti Band: Misiginebig LP

The latest LP from nyatitist Dr. Pete Larson boils down two recent live gigs onto one side each. The first side was recorded at Trinosophes with percussionist Mike List and guitarist Fred Thomas, and it’s one long jam depicting Misiginebig (an underwater horned serpent) fighting its sworn enemy, the Thunderbirds. It’s almost like peaceful battle music: furious and persistent, but it’s very meditative, and it seems more about bringing light and positivity than causing bloodshed. The second side was recorded at Outer Limits Lounge with Shells on guitar and Tom Hohmann on drums. This one has four shorter songs, but they all similarly feel like a continuous outpouring of energy, with a web of nyatiti melodies atop steady but complex rhythms. “Abiro” has some ecstatic shouting in it, and “We have come too far” seems to sort of straighten out into more of a galloping rock rhythm, then “To all our friends and the Snakes” is a quieter breakdown which slowly builds back up.

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