Fire Room / Broken Music
Album: Broken Music   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Fire Room   Added:May 2008
Label:Atavistic/Truckstop Audio  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2008-08-24 Pull Date: 2008-10-26 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Oct 26 Oct 19 Oct 12 Sep 28 Sep 21 Sep 7
Airplays: 1 1 1 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Oct 24, 2008: Memory Select
Dashboard Fire
4. Sep 26, 2008: Memory Select
Broken Music 1
2. Oct 17, 2008: Memory Select: Tom Djll's "Mockracy"
Line Of Lead
5. Sep 19, 2008: Memory Select, early edition
Hand Lettered
3. Oct 10, 2008: Memory Select
6. Sep 05, 2008: Memory Select
When Water Burns Air

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2008-08-16
For fans of Lasse Marhaug's noisy, crunchy electronics albums that went through A-file recently.... here he is in a tough-fisted jazz context:

Abrasive electronics join sax and drums for an interesting free-jazz trio, featuring Chicago kingpin Ken Vandermark on the sax. The electronics are particularly aggressive -- not little bleeps and squeaks, but loud, sandpapery scrapes. It's sometimes like the sound of a fire blazing (see #4), which might be where the band name comes from. Vandermark plays hard most of the time, for an overall aggressive, blazing session.

Paul Nilssen-Love (drums)
Ken Vandermark (tenor/baritone saxes)
Lasse Marhaug (electronics)

1- A psych-sounding loop, buzzy. Into a hot-tempo sax solo.
2- Lots of blank space. It's spare, not necessarily quiet. Some squirrelly sax peppers the final minutes, but it's still played as if in a gaping, still space.
3- Bouncy, quickly gets into a fast sax/drums duet.
4- Slow-moving. Starts quiet; gets louder but with slowish, soft notes over wheezy electronics sounds. Ends with an electronics "solo" resembling a burning building.
5- Stacatto clutter and a burly, abrasive sax. A tough, macho mood.
6- Quick jabbing sax and drums; hovering electronic twiddles. Fairly fast.
7- Patient, hovering start (but still fairly aggressive). Explodes in the last few minutes.

Track Listing
1. Broken Music 1   4. Hand Lettered
2. Slag   5. Dashboard Fire
3. When Water Burns Air   6. Line Of Lead
  7. Broken Music 2