Iceberg: Final Thaw (Astral Spirits, 2022)

July 29, 2022 at 5:55 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Iceberg: Final Thaw

Guitarist John Kolodij teams up with both members of Baldi/Gerycz Duo (who are also in Cloud Nothings) for this short album of side-long tracks which seem unassuming at first, but reward patient listeners who stick around past the slow beginnings. “God Moves on the Water” is distant and glacial for a while, until all of a sudden the three musicians are stripping paint off the walls with explosive, warp-speed drumming and scorching guitar and sax firepower. “Harland Wolff Blues” is a far more meditative, almost plaintive piece at its inception, giving more time to Baldi’s nuanced saxophone strokes. Just as he starts getting gruffer and reedier, the guitars heat up and the drums start rumbling, and then it’s caught fire and detonated. Kolodij’s feedback is an absolutely manic scree, yet Baldi’s melodic wailing cuts a guiding light through the brain-fog. The way it melts down at the end is a nice touch.

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