John Greaves

Pig Part Project

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Recorded over the course of two and a half years, The Pig Part is a trio project, even though only the names of bassist John Greaves (Henry Cow, Peter Blegvad) and drummer Pip Pyle (Gong, National Health) are put forward. Guitarist Philippe-Marcel Pung completes the lineup. This is a studio project. Songs were born out of collective improvisations, and even under these circumstances one can hardly speak of "songs." Greaves recites some lyrics with a gravelly voice on four tracks (one set written by Blegvad). The music consists of avant-prog rock jams: angular, distorted, dissonant, at times aimless. It works in moments: Episodes in "Phase 2," "Mô," "1 Part 2," and "Dead God Dog-Dingo" will be reminiscent to some of Thrak-era King Crimson (a similar improv spirit surely prevailed). Other sections simply fall short, crumbling under their own insufficiency. Drums, bass, and guitars are complemented by sequencers, keyboards, and miscellaneous small instruments. The guys are more focused on creating atmospheres (even though this music could not be described as "ambient") than self-sufficient compositions. It feels like an experiment, something that must have been relaxing and fun to work on when the three of them had time to spare. Sadly, the results rank low in Pyle and Greaves' discographies, especially when compared to the latter's very strong The Caretaker, his most recent solo album at the time.

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