Chicago Underground Duo: Memoirs of a Space Traveller


Memoirs of a Space Traveller


Chicago Underground Duo


Axis and Alignment (Thrill Jockey 106)

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Chad Taylor (percussion, vibes, guitar), Rob Mazurek (cornet, electronics, piano).

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

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