MACHINE MASS – Plays Hendrix / MoonJune Records, 2017 / Digital / fusion – jazz, rock, psychedelic and progressive / Belgium, USA
Augmented by the addition of the otherworldly talents of young maestro keyboardist, Antoine Guenet (The Wrong Object ; Sh.TG.N ; Univers Zero), fellow sonic adventurers – and Machine Mass founders – guitarist Michel Delville (The Wrong Object ; douBt ; Alex Maguire Sextet) and drummer Anthony Bianco (douBt ; Elton Dean ; Dave Liebman) combine forces to steam through a set which provides a refreshing retake of some of the most influential psychedelic rock classics from the ’60’s that changed the face of music! While the songs reference frameworks familiar to most classic rock aficionados, the comparisons end there: the trio follows flight plans which are uniquely their own, achieving moments stunningly fresh, instinctive, profound and moving. The addition of piano and keyboards to the tracks provides a welcome approach, imploring reharmonizations as well as complete revisions many hipsters, both young and old, will revel in!
In typical Machine Mass fashion, the music thumbs its nose at convention and is unapologetically uninhibited in its delivery. The group pushes boundaries on all front, producing a record that is as fascinating from a tonal / textural perspective as it is from the ‘harmonic rethink‘ and the mass of corporate liberties taken within the song structures, respectively.
Machine Mass’ “Plays Hendrix” is an engrossing, brilliantly conceived retake on some of rock’s most adventurous classic moments; a quintessential album for fans of rock, psychedelic and progressive, alike.
Discography – Michel Delville, The Wrong Object, Doubt, Machine Mass (Liege, Belgium) – The Unbelievable Truth (Jul 2007) ; Brewed In Belgium (Dec 2012) ; Never Pet A Burning Dog (Jun 2016) ; Mercy, Pity, Peace & Love (Jun 2016) ; As Real As Thinking (Jun 2016) ; Inti (Jun 2016) ; Stories From The Shed (Jun 2016) ; After The Exhibition (Jun 2016) ; Plays Hendrix (Jun 2017)
Machine Mass are – MICHEL DELVILLE (guitar, Roland GR09, loops, stylophone, electronics, samples) ; TONY BIANCO (drums, percussion) ; ANTOINE GUENET (keyboards, synth, acoustic piano)
Machine Mass – “Plays Hendrix” – 1. Third Stone From The Sun ; 2. Purple Haze ; 3. Little Wing ; 4. Spanish Castle Magic ; 5. Fire ; 6. Voodoo Chile ; 7. Burning Of The Midnight Lamp ; 8. You Got Me Floatin’ ; 9. The Wind Cries Mary
YT – Machine Mass plays Jimi Hendrix – Voodoo Chile
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Leonardo MoonJune Pavkovic
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