Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Pink Freud – Pink Freud Plays Autechre (2016)

Pink Freud

Adam Milwiw-Baron - trumpet, electronics
Karol Gola - baritone saxophone
Wojtek Mazolewski - bass guitar
Rafał Klimczuk - drums

Pink Freud Plays Autechre


By Adam Baruch

Four years after their previous album Polish group Pink Freud, led by bassist Wojtek Mazolewski, hits the market with their ninth album, dedicated, as the title suggests, to the music of the British electronic music duo Autechre. Although the album's booklet gives absolutely no information about the recording or even the band's current lineup, which of course is sloppy, arrogant and plain stupid, a short research on the web will tell us that this is a live recording and the remaining members of the group are trumpeter Adam Milwiw-Baron, saxophonist Karol Gola and drummer Rafał Klimczuk. They perform eight pieces composed by Autechre.

What the booklet does include is a lengthy rant by Mazolewski, who tells the listeners how this album is a realization of a dream, which he has been planning since many years and why he thinks Autechre are the next best thing to silence. Personally I find the music of Autechre terribly boring and comparing them to John Coltrane or Johann Sebastian Bach is a cultural sacrilege

Following the good advice of "don't judge the book by the cover" I was ready to disregard the shortcomings of the album's booklet, giving the music a fair chance, but alas to no avail. The music is simply going nowhere, repeating the simplistic, mechanical rhythmic patterns ad nauseam and saying very little. Milwiw-Baron is of course a very talented player and I have always enjoyed his performances, but he is by far not able to save this album by himself.

Contrary to the hopes that we all developed about Pink Freud returning to playing Jazz, this album takes us again off the target. This repetitive and dull music lacks everything that Jazz stands for: originality, aesthetics and innovation. Better luck next time.

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