Finnish accordion daredevil Kimmo Pohjonen joins with Trey Gunn and Pat Mastelotto (of King Crimson) forming the group KTU (pronounced “K2”). This, their second album, follows their live debut, 8 Armed Monkey, and was recorded in Texas and Helsinki, Finland. It features Samuli Kosminen, of Icelandic band MuM, and three tracks mixed by Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson.
David Fricke of Rolling Stone calls them "a robust tumult of Northern Lights sparkle, white-wolf guitar wail and rolling knotted thunder." Fricke writes, "When I saw KTU play in Europe, they were as powerful and transgressive as the killer King Crimson. Pohjonen is a wonder unto himself: animating his wind song with pedals and processing; attacking the bellows with the ecstatic fury of Jimi Hendrix."
“KTU sounds like a Siberian mushroom shaman, with accordion, meets King Crimson and Cream in the world’s most psychedelic power trio!”
Jussi Niemi, Aamulehti
“Everything about the track ‘Absinthe’ (on 8-Armed Monkey) is awesome. Its bludgeoning Magma-style bassline, its odd-metre riffology from Pohjonen’s massive accordion are awesome. Gunn’s solo, recalling Pat Metheny on Song X, is awesome. Mastelotto’s overlapping bell patterns are awesome. But in the silence that follows, as you stare slack-jawed at your speakers and you find yourself marveling ‘Awesome!’ in moronic wonder, you’ll understand the damage that’s been done.”
Keith Moline, The Wire
KTU has toured in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Japan, Spain, Portugal, Estonia, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland, Norway and the Spot Festival in Denmark.
released March 1, 2009
Trey Gunn -- Warr guitar, ukulele
Kimmo Pojonen - accordion, voice
Pat Mastelotto - rhythmic devices, beats and noises
This is an excellent album from Markus Reuter, accompanied by Fabio Trentini on Fretless Bass and Asaf Sirkis on acoustic drums recorded live in the studio. The interplay among these musicians is amazing throughout and, for me, this is true "progressive" music, as it charts new territory and leaves behind well-trodden cliches. It's challenging music that rewards a mindful listen. Put it on and listen through the whole album without modern social media distractions and you will see what I mean. Jerry F
About 1/3 thru it so far, and already i agree that this is an important performance to release to the public. “Cusp” and “Larks 2” are worth the price of admission alone.
(Frustrated to learn of this October release in December, but i guess that just means i need to pay more attention to social media...?) cuzn ed
I already have the Stickmen releases and the 3 releases of Reuter's soundscapes from several Stickmen tours , and 2 releases with Pat Mastelotto -Totem and ZOOT . This only scratches the surface as this great compilation proves .
Marked Reuter is a true master .
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