It bears Album) Don't expect to encounter XTC here. And good luck finding Shriekback. But if you take Monstrance on its own terms-- bringing a yen for improvisational, instrumental music-- you might feel the strange thrill of eavesdropping on a freewheeling, nonsensical I Lovely Cosmonaut - Monstrance - Monstrance (CD. Culled from roughly eight hours of recordings, we still get to hear the awkward lulls, the autistic blurts, the little foils that often enrich the surrounding noise.
Lightly edited and proudly free of overdubbing, Monstrance allows concepts to roam, phrases to drift. The record's long prelude, "I Lovely Cosmonaut" unfolds in slow motion, as a rhythm of silences accrues in the potholes, everyone swerving around it, stubbornly, until a fuller rhythm crystallizes.
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What Monstrance is missing is that innate sense of flow and intuition that jazz musicians have ingrained in their DNA. Patience is the key word here. CDs of the week - Rock. Andrews left XTC ingoing on to form avant-rock combo Shriekback, which also supplies the third member of Monstrance, drummer Martyn Barker. Recorded with no planning or rehearsal, this double album is a series of openended improvisations of startling invention.
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