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Abhayamudra
Cul De Sac, SUZUKI
Abhayamudra
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
 
  •  Track Listings (5) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (6) - Disc #2

Boston?s instrumental innovators Cul de Sac teamed up with infamous ex-Can vocalist Damo Suzuki for a tour of the U.S. and Europe in 2002 and 2003, respectively. A pairing for the ages to be sure, for very few bands other ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Cul De Sac, SUZUKI
Title: Abhayamudra
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Strange Attractors
Release Date: 11/2/2004
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
Styles: Indie & Lo-Fi, Experimental Music, Progressive, Progressive Rock
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 789856302727

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Boston?s instrumental innovators Cul de Sac teamed up with infamous ex-Can vocalist Damo Suzuki for a tour of the U.S. and Europe in 2002 and 2003, respectively. A pairing for the ages to be sure, for very few bands other than Cul de Sac operate in the same heady and rhythmic sphere as Can did ? they are a perfect modern-day backdrop for Suzuki?s free-associating vocal approach. However brilliant and obvious a pairing it is, there wasn?t much forethought. Although they?d never met him, Cul de Sac received an email from Suzuki totally out of the blue, suggesting they collaborate. The one caveat: no rehearsing. Four hours after Suzuki stepped off the plane in Boston, he and Cul de Sac played their first show before an enraptured crowd at the Middle East in Cambridge, MA. Everything clicked. "Instant composing" is Suzuki?s terminology for his philosophy of penning structured compositions on the spot, on stage, allowing chemistry and energy to dictate the creation of the music and the path it will follow. In keeping with Suzuki?s spirit, Cul de Sac allowed the process to flow without rehearsing any new tunes of their own, or playing anything from their repertoire. The results are nothing short of astounding. Abhayamudra is a 2XCD collection of what Cul de Sac and Damo Suzuki consider to be the best moments of the 45 dates they played together ? nearly 138 minutes of stunning psychedelic avant mayhem, performed live and composed entirely on the spot. Cul de Sac refract clusters of electronics, sorrowful violin and genre-defying surf/Middle Eastern guitar over chugging bass and astounding polyrhythms, while Suzuki concocts his vocal somersaults over the affair, manipulating the direction of the tunes like it was liquid in a vessel. Abhaymudra immortalizes some very special moments captured on stage, a musical genesis that, by its very nature, could only be conceived at its particular moment in time and can never be replicated.

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CD Reviews

Damo Suzuki & Cul De Sac - 'Abhayamudra' (Strange Attractors
Mike Reed | USA | 12/10/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This 2-CD release is like most other live Damo Suzuki recordings. Improvised, spaced out (at times) and sounds as though the players are enjoying what they're doing. 'Abhayamudra' is said to be compiled from various U.S. and European shows that Suzuki had performed {with no rehearsals whatsoever} with Cul De Sac through 2002-03. Tracks I was most impressed with were the fifteen-minute "Belgrade 1", "Berlin 4", the wonderfully tripping "Belgrade 6" and the awesome "Cambridge 1". I'm assuming they had decided to name the songs for this title by the city in which the tune was played. Sort of like Cluster has done before. Clever. A good pick."