Graham Reid | | <1 min read
The Auckland Observatory last year was the perfect venue for Salon Kingsadore. While planets shifted and an astral journey past the rings of Saturn played out on the Stardome above, the group improvised fluid space-jazz rock propelled by the mercurial guitar of Gianmarco Liguori and the inventive keyboards of Murray McNabb, who here again helm “instant compositions” (with bassist Hayden Sinclair and drummer Steven Tait).
Across two CDs with amusingly inscrutable titles (Accidental Purist, The Tentacled Manservant, Under Buried Masks and Radio Priestess), the four-piece tickle out gravity-defying musical ideas between ambient space-rock (the 12 minute centrepiece on disc two) and tripped-out fusion jazz (the 24 minute Bronx Ballet, the funky Idiomatic Transubstance).
Just a note, the cover credits invert the 6th and 11th tracks on disc two.
For ad agencies or anyone wanting soundtrack material, a third disc offers 24 edits of varying lengths from 11 of the 17 tracks.
Best title to get a grip on this slippery and enigmatic amalgam is Transelemental Transmission which gives some clue to the seductive and lightlydelic contents. And this is on a label which specialises in “the psychological and physiological applications of music”.
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