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MICROKINGDOM

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"Psychosonic curatorial adventure" MICROKINGDOM were formed as a three-piece Baltimore experimental project by Will REDMAN (percussion), Marc MILLER (guitar), and John DIERKER (reeds), all of whom had been active in underground rock / freely improvised jazz / avantgarde music scene respectively. They have gradually started rehearing together in a disused room of an auto body shop or playing gigs on stage in Whartscape, Mobtown Modern, or The Red Room.

In 2007 their debut EP "Wrenches: My Heart / Double Abacus" was recorded, and released in early 2008. Furthermore, they have been recording improvisations and graphic scores on Wednesday nights in a basement in Northeast Baltimore since November 14, 2007.

"Three Compositions Of No Jazz", their debut full album (mastered by Bob Weston) as an homage to Anthony Braxton (his debut album is Three Compositions of New Jazz) and to NYC's No Wave music, was released upon January 12, 2011 via a Baltimore independent label Friend Records.

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Three Compositions Of No Jazz
2011
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Return To The Valley Of The Jeep Beats
2017
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2017

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 Three Compositions Of No Jazz by MICROKINGDOM album cover Studio Album, 2011
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Three Compositions Of No Jazz
Microkingdom RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by DamoXt7942
Forum & Site Admin Group Avant, Crossover & Neo Teams

— First review of this album —
4 stars MICROKINGDOM have been founded as an experimental / avantgarde / improvised jazz / electronic trio hailing from Baltimore. This album "Three Compositions Of No Jazz" released in 2011 is their debut full-length creation filled with their innovative characteristics to stimulate our inner minds directly. The album was produced as an homage to a US free jazz composer / multi-instrumentalist Anthony Braxton, with their obvious intention and attitude to play 'jazz'. The second track "Aire Metal", one of my favourite songs, is sorta authentic jazz featuring electronic percussion and hard-edged saxophone sounds. Payment even only for this track can be made, let me say.

The first shot "Peppermint Crab" is, contrary to following one, electro-drenched quirky free / avantgarde jazz one to stir my brain. In the middole of this album "Gamut Runner", freely ambient sound / noise jack-in-the-box reminds me of Horde Catalytique Pour La Fin, free jazz unit. Another ambience river flow "The Myth Of The Rainy Night" is comfortable like smoothie.The last noisy, freaky weirdness "Surgery Ghosts" sounds just like what the title says.

This debut album is pretty promising for avantgarde-progressive rock scene, even if their soundscape should be flooded with electronic procedure like Jean Guérin. A stuff that let us feel of various possibility.

 Return To The Valley Of The Jeep Beats by MICROKINGDOM album cover Studio Album, 2017
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Review by DamoXt7942
Forum & Site Admin Group Avant, Crossover & Neo Teams

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4 stars MICROKINGDOM have come back with shifting their musical style into much more electronic one. Their debut creation 'Three Compositions Of No Jazz' is my favourite one as an authentic electro-jazz, followed by 'Return To The Valley Of The Jeep Beats' released in autumn of 2017, that sounds more electronic and less jazzy, and more and more weirder and queerer. At least for me they play as naturally in this creation as previously, and sounds like they would have produced this specialty in a manner of composure. Guess we may approve it as if a great wine flavoured more flowery, more deeply matured upon getting warmer.

From the first track 'Hot Echoes' we can be drenched in their quirky percussive electronika, featuring dissonant electric guitar noises and freaky jazzy saxophone sounds. Quite ambient but impressive for electronic fans (a tad tough for authentic jazz fans though). Also 'Moon Driver' has such a flowery flavour like the previous one, that notifies the audience of their pleasure really. On the contrary, 'Public Bass House' is flooded with perfect ambient therapy and ghostly terrorvision. 'Space Jog' or 'Disgusting Sunset' digs non-jazzy electroambient madness out, which cannot remind us of their debut, but who cares?

As a result, I suppose they would have molted into their adult ... err ... basic soundstyle. This is my favourite too!

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