On 2000's The Radioactive Sago Project, Philippines postmodern fusion outfit Radioactive Sago Project has concocted a cutting-edge blend of rock and jazz. Vocalist Lourd de Veyra's spoken word isn't exactly rap, but is instead a fascinating and often insightful set of musings put forth in a poetic manner. The other seven bandmembers play bass, guitar, drums, percussion, trombone, saxophone, and trumpet. The short introductory opener, "Funebre in X Minor No. 1" (Funeral in X Minor No. 1), gives a taste of what is to come, and is a dirge based on the funeral music of late-1800s/early-1900s African-American New Orleans brass bands. "Overture: Escape From Planet Sago" starts on caustic metal guitar riffs, topped by Lourd de Veyra's postmodern pronunciations; the music switches to a dissonant saxophone solo ruminating over a fast-walking bassline. Soon heard is a searing, fusion-styled guitar line, and the band delves into dissonant free jazz. "Black Smoke Blues" is built around a swing-styled horn riff, while "Sistema" (System) is served in a pungent rap-metal mode laced by funky horn riffs and a melodically sung chorus. Radioactive Sago Project is a daring, admirable album.
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