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"N" CD

Everest Records

Genre: experimental rock, free jazz

Zurich, Switzerland

Feb 27,  2009

I'm not sure if these folks are psychologists or neuroscientists or what, but regardless Neuromodulator is a fairly fitting name for this cerebral brew of improvised electro-jazz. This quartet implements guitar, sax, keyboards, drums, and a fair amount of electronic manipulation to compose an engaging, freeform sonic experience. The result is an intelligent mood-piece infused with enough rhythm and melody to actually be entertaining.

Despite the improvised origins of N, it comes off as being fairly well thought out. Its best tracks ("Octopamine," "Pass-age") are journeys unto themselves, marvellously dynamic and even cinematic. During their more rhythmic passages I'm reminded of some of Ninja Tune's jazzier records, although these tracks are less polished and more abstract than the work of The Cinematic Orchestra, DJ Food, et al. Taken together, N is an enjoyable and artistic record but sometimes a bit of an inconsistent one.

neuromodulator's myspace


youuuuuuuutube!: neuromodulator video

Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 10 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2008]