George Korein - Too Many Days

15 songs
57:06 minutes
***** **


Two years ago, George Korein surprised with the weird conceptual album Memoirs Of A Trilobite. Not that experimental music is such a rare thing these days, but I always considered him as the shy half of avant-garde industrialists Infidel?/Castro! While his co-musician Colin Marston is busy with more metal oriented bands (Dysrhythmia, Behold The Arctopus), Korein delivers his second album which this time doesn’t seem to have such an exotic topic, but is again chockfull with crazy music. Less guest musicians than last time make Too Many Days more of a regular solo album, and as such it has its moments of greatness, but alas also moments that just don’t want to stick. The album starts with two more easygoing tracks, Too Many Days and Writhe, Sally, Writhe, separated by a very short folk piece (Quiet Now).

From there on it’s no holds barred, and Korein definitely feels at ease in his universe where The Residents meet early Devo and make a whole of noise with occasional bits of jazz and contemporary classical music. It is always interesting, that much can be said, but it is hardly easy listening. Ok, that wasn’t the plan to start with anyway, but it makes it difficult listening in a single one-hour session through the entire. The second last song The Ending Story has a wonderful melody, and the final track, the nine minute noise orgy Visiting The Real World, is definitely an intriguing sound collage.

The biggest surprise is that a European label was ready to release a music which you don’t expect to be listened to that much on our continent, but apart from that, this is again vintage Korein, bits and pieces probably collected over a longer time period, and his Infidel?/Castro! band mate was even responsible for the mastering. Friends of experimental music need to risk an ear. This is a good working combination of late-Seventies avant-pop and freewheeling experimentalism. Not as good as his Trilobite CD, but still a worthy addition.

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