Eru Dangerspiel - Great News For The Modern Man album review
21 Aug 2009 // A review by lukefitzmaurice
With any experiment, there are always going to be some things that work out great, and others that don’t really go down so well. Therefore, with any experimental album, the same is bound to happen. 'Great News For The Modern Man', the debut offering from former TrinityRoots member Riki Gooch, is a perfect example of such an album. Some of the tracks are brilliant, but others seem, well, a little bit too strange for my liking.
The album mixes elements jazz, roots, blues, beats and soul, with varying elements of success. A few of the songs, 'Sun Again' and 'Coq Au Vin' for example, were fantastic. 'Coq Au Vin' in particular I really enjoyed, it reminded me of Sola Rosa’s latest album, and in my opinion is the best track on the album. Then there were a few songs, such as 'Sambaskool Dropout', which I felt could have been great, but fell short for some reason.
Then there were the songs that were just plain weird. The album has four tracks titled 'Interlude', all less than one minute long, and all of which seemed to me to break up the continuity of the album. I don’t quite know what Gooch was trying to achieve by having these songs littered throughout the record, but I personally felt the album would have been better had they been left out altogether. The same could be said about the one minute intro to the album, which I felt was also a little strange.
If I was to describe the album in one word, I would say cluttered, which is probably the reason I was slightly disappointed. Taken without the strange intro and the four interludes, this probably would have been a very good album, but it could have been far better had Gooch kept things a little more simple.
About Eru Dangerspiel
Eru Dangerspiel is drummer/producer/DJ Riki Gooch. With dirty, bottom-heavy funk and psychedelic rhythm and blues, Eru Dangerspiel offers something completely different to any other current NZ sounds.
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"I'm interested in the idea of music being a community. I want to create an experience which resembles a large musical engine based on simple arrangements, improvisation and groove... the sum of all parts, enhanced by surreal visual and theatrical elements. But mostly I want to break down the barrier between artist and performer to give a sense of inclusion to both parties" - Riki Gooch.
Riki Gooch released his solo debut album as Eru Dangerspiel, 'Great News For The Modern Man', a shuffled swathe of experimental grooves in late 2008.