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Stories From The Shed

Artist: The Wrong Object

Date of Release: 19/02/2008

Catalogue no: MJR018

Label: MoonJune Records

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Track Listing

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Title

Duration

1

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Sonic Riot at the Holy Palate

2.51

2

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15/05

5.37

3

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Sheepwrecked

5.41

4

 

Acquiring the Taste

2.00

5

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Lifting Belly

3.13

6

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Malign Siesta

5.36

7

 

Theresa's Dress

0.01

8

 

Rippling Stones

2.47

9

 

Theresa's Dress (Reprise)

1.07

10

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Strangler's Fig

3.23

11

 

Waves And Radiations

3.23

12

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Saturn

6.50

13

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The Unbelievable Truth - Part I

5.44

14

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The Unbelievable Truth - Part II

4.37

 

 

 

 

Belgian heavy avant-prog-jazz-rock combo The Wrong Object returns with a brand new studio release of their trademark instrumentation and sonic landscapes. Laden with a full load of heavy guitar riffs, extravagant jazz themes and electronic sounds, this CD marks a return to the rockier and densely overdriven stance that characterized the band’s earlier productions. The sheer sonic texture of this album is driven by a combination of tight prog-rock sequences alternating with more open, freely improvised material. This explosive package consists of a solid, pulsing rhythm section capable of performing with versatility in any situation, aggressive guitar riffs and solos, unusual guitar-synth soundscapes, and fuzz bass guitar laced with a fiery horn duet. With influences ranging from Zappa’s whimsical complexities to Squarepusher’s glitchy electronics, from Soft Machine and Electric Miles to Stravinsky and Béla Bartok, “Stories from the Shed” will surprise prog-rock fans and modern electric jazz aficionados alike with its genre-defying compositions, eclectic jam improvisations and intricate arrangements. Eclectic band for fans of Frank Zappa, Soft Machine, Primus, King Crimson, Terje Rypdal, John Zorn and jazz-oriented jam-band scene.

 

Reviews

 

15/02/2008 PETER PARDO, SEA OF TRANQUILITY MAGAZINE, USA

MoonJune Records have done a great job over the years bringing some excellent progressive jazz releases to our attention, and they are at it again with the latest from Belgium's The Wrong Object, titled Stories From the Shed. This five piece ensemble has been rather busy in recent memory, as they follow up 2007's The Unbelievabel Truth and Platform One (yes, that's three releases now in less than a year!) with this 'live in the studio' recording that features no guest stars this time around, just the five members of the band. From start to finish, it's impressive stuff, daring jazz-fusion with plenty of rock edge, as this former Frank Zappa tribute group show that they also excel at writing their own compositions that are memorable and instrumentally appealing. Listen to bassist Damien Polard knocking out a blistering, distorted solo on the otherwise soaring "Lifting Belly", which in itself is a great vehicle for the sax & trumpet melodies of Fred Deplancq & Jean-Paul Estievenart. There's also the complex & quirky jazz of "Malign Siesta", with drummer Laurent Delchambre's manic stick work keeping in perfect synch with the intricate horn lines. You can hear the influece of Zappa, Robert Fripp, and Terje Rypdal in the playing of guitarist Michel Delville, his solos at the end of this piece literally exploding through the mix with plenty of fire and passion. More of his distorted rumblings can also be heard on the energetic "15/05", a real jazz burner that features plenty of tight playing from the whole group. You might detect a slight hint of Waka Jawaka era Zappa by way of Weather Report's Heavy Weather on the intense "Strangler Fig", while the near 7-minute "Saturn" is an exploratory journey into melodic free-jazz (if that is possible!) with Delville doing his most convincing Zappa guitar solo on the album, sounding impossibly close to Frank's tone & phrasing on the Joe's Garage album. Delplancq's squonking sax bursts here also need to be mentioned, adding a manic fury to this otherwise somber song. The CD ends with the two-part, 10 minute epic "The Unbelievable Truth-Part 1 & II", which features plenty of blowing from the whole band and the most proggy vibe on the whole album. Dalville's wah-wah guitar solo on this one will send chills up your spine! Stories From the Shed is one fascinating tale that needs to be taken out of the confines of the 'shed' and told to the masses. The Wrong Object have unveiled a real corker of a jazz album here, fiery on all levels featuring chops galore, but more importantly, tons of memorable melodies and unbelievable arrangements. Jazz freaks and instrumental prog lovers need to get their hands on this at all costs!!

 

14/02/2008 CHRIS PARKER - VORTEX JAZZ, UK

Recorded live in the studio with no overdubs, this wide-ranging, hard-hitting album from the Belgian quintet the Wrong Object (guitarist/main composer Michel Delville, saxophonist Fred Delplancq, trumpeter Jean-Paul Estievenart, bassist Damien Polard and drummer Laurent Delchambre) showcases their restless, often downright tumultuous psychedelic jazz-rock sound perfectly. Previous projects have seen them collaborate with figures ranging from Zappatista Ed Mann to the UK's own Alex Maguire, the late Elton Dean and trombonist Annie Whitehead, but this fourteen-track recording sees them guestless, ranging easily between Soft Machine-like, sinuous improvisations, blasts of blistering electric-guitar-led prog rock, riff-based fusion with the odd whiff of eastern influence and passages of free-ish jazz. The besetting sins of such music, bombast and self-indulgence, are entirely avoided, courtesy not only of the infectious enthusiasm and sheer brio of its participants, but also of the relative brevity of each track (nothing over six minutes or so); the result is a viscerally exciting, powerful but gratifyingly varied album another compulsively listenable MoonJune production.

 

15/12/2007 GORAN SATLER - KNTU-FM RADIO, USA

“Fantastic! Outstanding! Cutting edge masterpiece of contemporary electric jazz.”

 

12/12/2007 GLEN ASTARITA - JAZZ REVIEWS.COM

This young Belgian quintet does indeed intimate inferences from jazz/prog-rock heavyweights Soft Machine, King Crimson and other seminal bands. Unlike many other entities of this ilk, these young men hone in on solid and cohesive compositional aspects that serve as a foundation for their often-torrid soloing escapades. Moreover, the ensemble’s distinct sound and soaring mode of operations all stacks up to a fun-filled jamboree, where revved-up progressive-rock movements are counterbalanced by the ever-present jazz element. It’s a high-impact outing, enamored with memorable hooks, and a certain coolness that permeates throughout. With sonorous horns, teeming with an overriding sense of triumph, this unit also sparks remembrances of Britain’s fabled Canterbury rock scene amid a contempo stance. But the music is also characterized by mood-evoking passages as notions of loneliness attain a happy co-existence with bravura and rocking song-structures, shaded with knotty time signatures. The piece titled “Lifting Belly,” features Damien Polard’s monstrous fuzz-bass licks that perhaps pay homage to Soft Machine bassist Hugh Hopper’s now patented methodology. Yet the musicians also fuse a prophet-of-doom gait via slash and burn type, keys, horns and guitar patterns, occasionally tempered with darting free-jazz lines, psycho guitar riffs and ethereal backwashes. And of course, a prominent, forward-moving attack rounds out the entire program. In sum, this release looms as an early top-10 contender for 2008. Don’t let it pass you by…

 

10/12/2007 STEVE FEIGENBAUM - WAYSIDE MUSIC, USA

"The Wrong Object are a extraordinarily good, modern, avant-progressive-electric-jazz or jazz/rock, really great and highly recommended."

 

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