Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Le Mani Destre Recise Degli Ultimi Uomini - Traditonalists (Secret Chiefs 3)

Jim Thirwell put me on to this - not personally, of course, but through the YouTube video in the 'What's In My Bag' series. As soon as he pulled this out the cover attracted my attention, looking just like a Giallo film poster, but I'd never heard of Secret Chiefs 3, which is wonderful because it turns out that there are still thrilling surprises in music and this is one of them.

It's a homage to soundtrack masters such as Cipriani, Nicolai, Morricone, Piccioni etc - and done so well, so very well, that right now it's the best album I've heard all day, week, month year, decade or ever (take your pick). It covers all styles, from psychotic, discordant strings ('Psychism 1: Cytherea's Possession') to Easy ('Love Spell' - complete with wordless vocals). 'Zombievision' is Goblinesque - Goblin via Material with the bass-heavy production. There's demented free-form wah-wah brilliance ('Codex Alimentarius'), and    
'Nano-correction/Human Migrations/Faith Realizes' has just about every genre trait fused into under 2mins of genius. I can't help but think of John Zorn's tributes to noir and Morricone - well this is easily as good.

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