If you’re looking for something a little different to delight your earsies, give this new genre-defying track from Austin, TX’s Marriage a try. It’s off their latest LP “For Brotzmann”, and with an album title like that– an homage to one of the greatest free jazz musicians ever— you know this band means business.
I normally steer clear of 6+ minute long tracks because they tend to be overly jammy, and while lots of people love jam music, it’s just not my thing. But this song is not jam music, at least to me. It’s going somewhere; it has a point and a story to tell, and while I can’t quite figure out what it’s supposed to be telling me, it’s the trying to figure it all out that has me listening to it over and over again.
This track starts out with a drum beat and killer bass line that is punctuated by some noisy interludes. But the best part is definitely around the five-minute mark when it goes from kind of quiet and sinister to totally noisy and bat-shit insane. That’s when you realize that this quintet is stacked with extremely talented musicians.
Is this free jazz? Is this krautrock? I don’t know, and I honestly don’t think there’s necessarily a clear line between the two, but it doesn’t really matter. It’s good music.
The whole LP is available from Austin’s Monofonus Records, so check it out there if you want to broaden your listening horizons.