The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation - Anthropomorphic

1 song
59:53 minutes
***** **


Only a few months ago, I was rather fascinated by the re-release of the debut album by The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble. This collective of musicians that live all over Europe also have an alter ego under the name The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation, where they invite guest musicians to create an even darker and stranger music than I have come to appreciate from their main outlet.

Anthropomorphic is already their third longplayer, and like its predecessors, it has been recorded entirely live. I have come across many live albums that have been recorded in different cities, which in my opinion always seems a little dishonest. The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation managed something entirely new on Anthropomorphic, an hour long improvisation piece which takes only one track on CD but has been recorded in three different locations: Utrecht (The Netherlands), Wroclaw (Poland) and Moscow (Russia). And yet this epic monster still sounds like performed in a single take!

Divided into three different movements, there is even a concept of sorts in the music. According to the info sheet, the idea is about rendering music human. This is done by giving different weight to the instruments for every part, but when all is said and done, we are in the presence of some bizarre kind of ambient drone music taking its hypnotic power from guitar and cello layers, while trombone and electronics are allowed segments of soloing. Later on there is even some experimental drumming, but not the kind you would recognise in a rock band.

Despite their being only a single one-hour long track on the record, you have the choice of either getting the regular CD version or a double vinyl edition. I have to admit that this collective sounds far more accessible when they perform as The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble (who are most certainly quite hard to handle for your regular mainstream audience), but The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation still excels in their uncompromising approach of building this monstrous behemoth which combines darkest drone ambient with a freewheeling experimental spirit. This is a true tour de force for fans with the somewhat different taste in music.

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