Friday, December 5, 2008
Bohren und Der Club of Gore - Sunset Mission
For Abelardo. Bohren & Der Club of Gore specialize in what they "Doom Jazz" or 'Death Jazz", which means playing instrumental sinister, noirish instrumentals in a turgid, slow molasses-like pace, akin to Doom Metal. The result is a stunning, powerful concoction of prime Badalamenti filmwork with Doom miserabilists GORE. This is a prime example, their third album. One of my favorite groups of recent times.
"The cover of the album shows night descending on the wet streets of a residential/industrial landscape. The music included within is for a couple of hours later, when there is only darkness and the breath of a saxophone to keep you company. Reminiscent of Trevor Jones (Angel Heart) or Angelo Badalamenti's soundtrack work (especially for Mulholland Drive), Bohren & der Club of Gore rely on understated Fender Rhodes, piano, double bass, gentle brush work on drums, and a lilting tenor saxophone. Sounding like a long suite collectively improvised and not a collection of individually composed songs, Sunset Mission showcases the contributions of each member equally. Morten Gass' stunning keyboard work is balanced by Christoph Closer's emotional tenor sax. Underlining each track are Thorsten Benning's subtle kit work and the slow-motion groove of Robin Rodenberg's double bass. And while it is easy to fall into hyperbole when describing Bohren's music, they themselves are masters of the restraint necessary for this type of jazz to work and be compelling. This is slow, dark, and especially lush jazz, perfect for a booth at the back of a narcoleptic lounge, with a cigarette slowly burning down past the filter, watching secret lies being passed between one-night." - James Mason