Goz of Kermeur


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It's just too bad Goz of Kermeur recorded only one album, because this debut was surprisingly solid and filled with promise. The group takes the form of a rock power trio with one quirk: lead singer-cum-bassist Adrien Kessler plays an electrified double bass. It gives the songs more of a swinging groove when rocking and an extended palette when playing the arco in more experimental or free-form passages. The music of Goz of Kermeur consists of hard-hitting riffs of the dissonant kind, instant dynamic shifts, and short sets of surrealistic lyrics that get repeated with growing emphasis. Fans of Roger Trigaux's Present will definitely feel at home here, although the bombastic progressive rock element is replaced with something definitely in the New York/Amsterdam/Geneva connection of the late '80s to mid-'90s: a stripped-down approach, more experimental yet direct (think No Safety, Zero Pop, Orthotonics). The album opens with three multi-part songs, each short section developing around only one or two sentences. "Cornet Frites" is the strongest one, its riff heavy in the low end, its barked half-French, half-English lyrics offering a Goz of Kermeur "sound" that is immediately identifiable. "Honeyrose" develops contradictory themes of pleasure and pain with interesting results. Other highlights include the "ballad" "Didibi" and "Aground," simply mad. Guitarist Yves Charmillot lays down some creative work in "Clarinette," among other places, his style recalling a three-way cross between Fred Frith, Leonid Soybelman, and Thurston Moore. This CD is well worth investigating if you stumble upon a copy.

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