Stick man

8/02/2008

Listening to music in the radio tends to be depressing. Same tunes, buy same musicians, same formulas. It is hard to find new (at least for me) sonorities in the radio, so I was happy to reencounter Tony Levin a couple of posts ago. He was playing Chapman stick in King Crimson’s ‘Elephant talk’ video, and I was curious to hear music created around that instrument.

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I just bought Levin’s Stick Man. The overall sound of the album is excellent and the combination of Levin and Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson’s drummer amongst other things) is a really good fit. There are only a few songs with vocals, probably not the best, but personally I feel closer to the heavier songs like ‘El Mercado’ or ‘Chop Shop’. I highly recommend the album.

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