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Forsqueak

FSK

Review by Gary Hill

If you dig modern King Crimson, you might want to give this album a shot. It has a lot of that sound along with some fusion, Djam Karet and more. This instrumental album is quite strong. There isn't a huge amount of variety from song to song, but it never feels redundant.

 

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Track by Track Review
Batwai

Imagine combining modern King Crimson with surf music and fusion. You'd probably find yourself very close to the sound of this piece. This number is classy with a cool groove and intriguing jamming.

Narabo
The guitar that starts this again makes me think of modern King Crimson. This is a driving powerhouse that rocks a bit harder than the opener did. It's another with a lot of fusion built into it. It leans more toward heavy metal, though. There are mellower sections that land more in the melodic rock type of territory. In fact, the closing movement is particularly mellow.
Kim Ki Duk
This is another cool instrumental. It has some harder rocking stuff built into it and even some hints of space rock. Beyond that it lives in similar territory as the rest of the music here.
Monday
There is a certain busy quality to this piece that really feels like a Monday. There are things being thrown at the listener from different angles. The piece is energized and a bit more fun than some of the earlier pieces. It doesn't feel as serious.
Kindred
Another piece with a spirit of fun, this is classy stuff. A saxophone brings it more fully into fusion territory. This might be my favorite piece of the whole disc. It's a powerhouse.
Kitalpha
Not a huge change, this is nonetheless a cool piece of music. It has some intriguing shifts and changes. There are heavier moments and mellower ones providing a nice contrast. It gets quite heavy at points.
Lay
This piece is much mellower at the start, but it gets intensified later. It's not a large change at all, but just another example of some killer prog rock.
Don Dolando
Although there are no huge changes here, this does get pretty heavy at points. In fact, there are sections that feel like a metallic fusion. That's counter-pointed and contrasted with less intense stuff. A droning feedback takes over later in the track.
Hamster
Now, this one is a huge change. It comes in on acoustic guitar and powers out into a rocker that even makes me think of grunge a bit. It gets into a turbo-charged version of the kind of stuff we've heard on the rest of the album later.
 
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