The Unsemble: s/t

The Unsemble: The Unsemble

(Ipecac, 3/4/14)


It’s only natural that a trio consisting of members of The Jesus Lizard, Einstürzende Neubauten, and The Silver Jews would take liberties with genre. But this debut album by The Unsemble — Duane Denison, Alexander Hacke, and Brian Kotzur — subverts expectations in myriad ways.

Denison, Hacke, and Kotzur practically throw the vocabularies of their other bands out the window for a powerful statement in ambience and texture. At times, the trio even ventures into a kind of jazz shadow world. Most surprisingly, The Unsemble chooses to challenge its audience at low volumes, proving in distinct and compelling ways that space is the new loudness.