Forsqueak — FSK
(Almendra AM0029, 2017, CD)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2017-09-19
FSK is the debut album by the new Italian progressive jazz band Forsqueak, a quartet consisting of Bruno Pitruzzella (guitars), Sergio Schifano (baritone guitar), Luca La Russa (bass), and Simone Sfamell (drums). Forsqueak has an interesting approach to their musical compositions. Most of the instrumentals are riffs based around repeated four to eight note sequences with the music alternating between gritty energetic and sedate melodic passages. Each track sounds like it was built using the same approach as Manuel Göttsching’s on Inventions for Electric Guitar. Even though the riffs and sequences vary, there is a similarity in sound across many of the nine tracks. Forsqueak varies their formula on “Kindred” by adding raucous saxophone riffing and some tasty jazz violin for the final minute. There is something about the seventh track “Lay” that captivated my attention the most, probably the dub reverb that pops up several times during its 4.5 minutes. Another surprise is “Don Dolando” that begins with more of the same type of musical ideas and then abruptly morphs into a sinister ambient sound for its final 90 seconds. Consequently, over the first eight instrumentals you become used to their approach and then the final track “Hamster" takes you completely by surprise with its playful alternative rock sound. Overall, I am a bit ambivalent regarding FSK. It may require multiple listenings before I can truly appreciate Forsqueak.
Related artist(s): Forsqueak
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