MENSIMONIS: Clone Fever CD Opa Loka Records
Eclectic is probably too small a word for this duo and their purely improvised album of guitar and electronics.
Radboud Mens and Lukas Simonis, bring a history with them that scales countless workshops, playing to many a secondary school student for what appears to be years. The difficulties for me usually arise on what improvisation brings, or usually doesn’t (as is more often the case) to the table.
Overall, there is no doubt as to the skills both operatives possess as well as the many strings to their proverbial bows. It does take a while for things to get going; and when they do, there is a certain degree of enjoyment that can be attained once things go full guitar-ambient.
‘Clone Fever’ is ultimately a mixed bag. On one hand (as mentioned above), there was a lot to appreciate. But there is far too many interruptions at play, where the duo appear to just be messing around getting a feel for things; and therefor not entirely creating music, with one too many tune-ups for my liking. This isn’t bad, but it could have been so much more.