Gustafsson, Mats/David Stackenas / Blues
Album: Blues   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Gustafsson, Mats/David Stackenas   Added:Jan 2006
Label:Atavistic/Truckstop Audio  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2006-01-08 Pull Date: 2006-03-12 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Mar 12 Feb 26 Feb 12 Jan 29 Jan 22 Jan 15
Airplays: 1 1 2 1 1 2

Recent Airplay
1. Jul 21, 2009: Jena & Gomorrah: A Mostly Unpleasant Listening Experience
Take Your Hand Off It
4. Feb 10, 2006: Memory Select
You Have To Get Low As A Toad Again [excerpt]
2. Mar 10, 2006: Memory Select
Rotten Herring Blues
5. Feb 09, 2006: Rock in a Position
Take Your Hand Off It
3. Feb 24, 2006: Memory Select
Bumble Bee Blues
6. Jan 27, 2006: Memory Select
Take Your Hand Off It

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2006-01-04
Yes, the title is ironic, although four of the six tracks are dedicated to blues legends.

These are free-form abstract duets, guitar and sax, bustling with energy even in the quieter tracks. What's impressive is the range of sounds -- tracks like 4 and 6 paint the kinds of aural canvasses normally found in experimental electronics.

Both men are from Sweden. Stackenas plays a busy, non-tonal guitar; the obvious reference is Derek Bailey. On sax, Gustafsson leaves his screaming-punk mode on the shelf in favor of fast clicky sounds (a nice complement to the guitar), or slow, lingering atmosphere.

1- Groany and droney, with some fast pockets. Ends nicely on a long, lingering, last breath of sax, with shimmering guitar.
2- Fast and fierce, with lots of clicky "insect chatter" sounds. Long pause near the 1:00 mark -- artsy, but awkward for radio.
3- Slow, with sour, detuned guitar. Final two minutes get busy
4- Slow otherworldly fog. Builds an eerie, swampy atmosphere.
5- Choppy. Fast but rather sparse, lots of blank space.
6- Industrial drill and jackhammer sounds. Groany, rattling, non-musical. Cool! Ends with long, soft, morose sax tones.

Track Listing
1. Shave 'em Wet   4. You Have To Get Low As A Toad Again
2. Bumble Bee Blues   5. Take Your Hand Off It
3. Built To Do What You Did Last Night   6. Rotten Herring Blues