Jason Kahn

Drums and Metals

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Released simultaneously with Analogues, Drums and Metals showcases one side of drummer/experimental musician Jason Kahn -- his acoustic side. This album contains six pieces for solo percussion involving no electronics whatsoever. Each piece limits the drum kit to a few items, as little as one in "Hi Hat Cymbals" and up to five in "Bass Drum + Snare Drum + Hi Hat Cymbals + Bell + Disc" and "Bass Drum + Snare Drum + Floor Tom + Hi Hat Cymbals + Turine." These compositions are based on repetitive patterns, beats if you like, although the term doesn't faithfully translate what is happening. Kahn does establish minimal grooves and the rhythmical quality of the music is undeniable. The basic motif slowly evolves and shifts as the percussionist adds or subtracts an instrument. The resulting effect is of an art that stands somewhere between the atavistic or primitive (a ritualistic essence emanates from it) and a form of avant-garde minimalism that recalls the "selected percussion" of Günter Müller and Taku Sugimoto's use of ultra-simple tonal guitar lines. One could also draw similarities with Tony Buck's repetitive but ever-changing drum patterns in the Australian trio the Necks. Sound engineer (and famous record producer) Bob Drake recorded the drums up close, allowing your ears to catch every detail. A good, surprising album, Drums and Metals needs to be heard in correlation to Analogues in order for the listener to get Kahn's full picture.

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