Chicago Underground Duo: Memoirs of a Space Traveller
Memoirs of a Space Traveller
Chicago Underground Duo
Axis and Alignment (Thrill Jockey 106)
Recorded: Soma Electronic Music Studios, Summer 2001
Rating: 83/100 (learn more)
A lot of music on the Thrill Jockey label is referred to as “post-rock,” probably because the sound palettes employed fit in both the rock and jazz worlds – though sometimes comfortably in neither. “Memoirs of a Space Traveller” draws from both genres to tell a story that moves from disturbing, almost violent cacophony (with blustery clots of percussion, electronic noise, and blasts of cornet) to end in peaceful reflection – a quiet set of guitar figures and muted horn accents close things down as the noise finally recedes. It must have been quite a trip.
Reviewer: Mark Saleski