Max Loderbauer, Claudio Puntin & Samuel - Ambiq 2
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Max Loderbauer, Claudio Puntin & Samuel

Ambiq 2

Arjunamusic
Release date: 13/11/15
genre: Jazz
Format: LP
€19.49
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tracklist
1. The Spur (3:27)
2. Introspective Kitchen (4:08)
3. The mother (4:59)
4. Meta (7:05)
5. Parton's Double Vision (2:59)
6. Dots (3:15)
7. Mytoprill (2:17)
8. Naked George (2:25)
9. Ephemera (1:07)
10. The Sedge (1:45)
11. Consolation (5:57)
Max Loderbauer, Claudio Puntin & Samuel - Ambiq 2

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Ambiq, the Berliner instrumental trio of Max Loderbauer, Claudio Puntin and Samuel Rohrer, emerged onto the scene not long ago with a self-titled arjunamusic LP (AM703) of impressive sonic distinctiveness and technical ability. Drinking from a deep pool of influences that includes free improv, early electronic music and spaced-out dub, the trio does what any great ensemble should set out to do: it becomes more than the sum of its parts, a single organism with its own unique expressive vocabulary and perspective. Proving that their debut was no fluke, the ambiq trio has already re-convened for a second full length bubbling over with new timbral combinations, and with a sophisticated interpretation of the ancient art of tension and release.

From the opener "The Spur," no time is wasted ushering us to our seats and bringing us to a world where strange new tonalities seem to breathe freely: the nimble percussive shuffle, set in relief against a cascade of detuning electronic tones, is a fascinatingly introspective intro (incidentally, it is actually followed by a piece entitled "Introspective Kitchen," which expands the mood of the preceding track with cleverly delay-effected woodwind, remote organ swells and yet more shivering percussion.) Once the lessons from these preliminary exercises have sunk in, the band then embarks on a more motoring, danceable journey entitled "The Mother": Rohrer's drumming, as always, is taut and confident, while Puntin's clarinet evocatively hovers with a kosmische feel that is all too absent from the realms of "post-rock" and electronics-aided improv.

Plenty of music exists for the open-minded, but not all of it has the ability to initiate the process of opening minds in the first place. ambiq does have that ability, and have come up with a musical formula that will melt away the defenses of the most hardened techno fanatic or avant-gardist, seeding new ideas not beholden to any one genre or lifestyle.

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