The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation - Egor

4 songs
68:51 minutes
***** ***


After last year’s one hour long improvisation track Anthropomorphic, the improvisational The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation is back with its fourth longplayer Egor, another live album recorded in a theatre in Moscow. The four tracks with Russian titles, fitfully rendered in the Cyrillic alphabet, are all between thirteen and twenty-two minutes long, and naturally are meant to extremely challenge their audience.

For those of you unfamiliar with the band: The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation is the live impro alter ego of The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble, whose dark ambient jazz is also not exactly what one would call mainstream music. While TKDE have still a lot of structure in their songwriting, TMFDC have a much freer take at what they feel to be music. This worked already quite well on Anthropomorphic, but it seems to me that Egor sees the in an even better light. Maybe that’s because the tracks are “shorter” this time, making it easier to discern breaks within their sets, but I guess it is even more than that. It is quite hard, possibly even impossible to describe their music, but I totally appreciate the way the band plays one moment slowly building parts performed by the different instruments, each of them doing more or less their own thing, until suddenly and without prior warning they converge into an eruptive common theme that will leave you speechless.

Another standout quality of the collective is the way they are using elements of ambient, jazz, rock and electronica to concoct their very own sound, so that you never feel like being stranded in one single genre. So you have drony ambiences, pondering jazz movements and noisy rock that all find their place on this nearly seventy minute long live document.

This improvisation live collective has managed to surpass themselves on their new album. If you like music that doesn’t necessarily have to be restricted overly much by form and structure, and also are partial to being surprised by what is happening within the music, you might very well grow very fond of Egor, which has been released on CD, digitally and as a double vinyl album.

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