The Infusion

The Infusion

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The Infusion are an interesting trio organized by French bassist Olivier Paquotte, including American guitarist Ron Anderson (formerly of the Molecules) and North African guitarist and electronicist Camel Zekri. The pieces are improvisations, though they are generally grounded in the free rock territory of bands like Last Exit combined with liberal utilization of found sounds and abstract electronics. More than anything else, however, the group appears to owe a conceptual debt to Fred Frith. Several of the tracks achieve the same kind of balance between unfettered noise explorations and off-kilter but highly structured song forms of which Frith, especially in his more rock-oriented projects, was a master. Some of the guitar playing, in particular, has a lot of Frith's clean, precise tone, while Paquotte's bass tends to dwell in depths of a near Laswell-ian magnitude. These guys are also quite willing to simply rock out for all they're worth, as on the latter half of "Jimmy Get a Dream," where, abetted by a flurry of electronic percussion, they launch into a propulsive cacophony worthy of early Pink Floyd at their wildest. When they venture into subtler territory, as on "Subjazz," their weaknesses show, including a difficulty sustaining interest during quieter moments. One gets the impression that the Infusion are happiest when thrashing away with abandon even as they feel obligated to give the passing nod to the more "sober" end of the free improv spectrum. Still, it's an enjoyable debut and one that should certainly appeal to fans of groups as diverse as Stefan Jaworzyn's Ascension to the more adventurous side of Sonic Youth.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:36
2
17:35
3
4:11
4
6:25
5
12:50
6
4:20
7
4:51
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