Secret Chiefs 3 - Path of Most Resistance
An absolutely essential release for anyone who wants their music to surprise, inspire and excite.
At a very superficial level, Secret Chiefs 3 could be well summed up by calling them Mr Bungle without Mike Patton. And who'd have thunk it? Without his showboating and often confrontational sense of humour, Trey Spruance and his pool of collaborators pull off an album that eclipses anything they did under that guise. This "best of" of sorts showcases SC3's wonderful ability to pull together Morricone/Jodorowsky-esque cosmic spaggetti western themes and Brian Wilson-esque glory-pop with a bewildering array of world musics and rock aplomb. Eyvid Kang wields some sublime violin arias round crashing sparse metal while speed-funk guitars roar over altered drum'n'bass and traditional Romanian folk themes nestle next to experimental trance. But what really sets SC3's genre-hopping apart from others of this ilk is Spruance's astounding compositional mind - opting for a delicious melting pot rather than frenetic jump-cuts. An absolutely essential release for anyone who wants their music to surprise, inspire and excite. [Ali Maloney]
Release Date: Out now.http://www.webofmimicry.com