MONKEY PLOT: Angående omstendigheter som ikke lar seg Nedtegne LP/CD Hubro
The Norwegian trio of musicians that is Monkey Plot have produced 12 tracks here; that for the most part, make for an interesting, if not sparse debut. Playing on space and subtlety in key changes, gives the listener space to breathe in the natural analogue sounds of percussion, double bass and guitar.
There is an intimacy to the songs as a whole and one, which the band openly term as “music for small spaces”; and this is quite apt. Over the course of the album you do feel however, that most of the tracks sound like warm-ups to an actual show; and nothing ever really kicks off.
There is a wonderfully grass roots earthly feel to the music and it does feel home-grown and real, like it was recorded in a ramshackle wooden hut in the middle of nowhere. Occasionally there are infusions that teeter on the edges of Jazz; and indeed, it was of no surprise to learn they won ‘Young Jazz Musicians of the Year” in 2014 in their native country.
For me however there is more to this lot that Jazz alone, maybe because of its improvisational yet structured nature (most Jazz for me has no structure). A peculiar release that isn’t exactly up my street but is inoffensive overall.