Exposé Online banner

Network (Conglomerate) — Precisely the Opposite of What We Now Know to Be True
(Wenlock WEN005, 1995/1999, CD)

by Jeff Melton, Published 1996-03-01

Precisely the Opposite of What We Now Know to Be True Cover art

This heavily Miles Davis influenced band effort is like a an extended jam between Terje Rypdal (adding in some ethereal, Bill Frisell-ish overtones) and Group 87. Or more likely a direct comparison can also be made to 1985's blistering Cloud About Mercury (featuring superstars Torn / Isham / Bruford / Levin), but perhaps with a slightly less aggressive rhythm section.This English fusion project is a merger of 2/3 of the bands Groon (Tim Crowther and Steve Clark) and Phil Miller's In-Cahoots personnel (Hugh Hopper, Steve Franklin, Ted Emmett). Whereas Groon is a newer entry on the English jazz scene, the remainder of the quintet has been well established for ten years or more. Sound results are grounded in a groove characterized by lead guitar synth and a solid, driving, bass and drum interplay. Hugh's bass is very understated except for Track 4: "Fridge of Flies" probably the most free track on the disc, where jarring electronic blasts accompany a spirited, crisp rhythm with guitar phrasing adding and subtle keyboard textures. Trumpeter Ted Emmett's playing is very much like Mark Isham's jazzier endeavors. As improvisational as this session is, it's not as dissonant as Davis' similar works. The group does have cohesion so there's not just a bunch of aimless rambling with no return to base state. Crowther does a good job of switching from straight electric, lead guitar to guitar synth (mimicking a very radical, piercing organ sound) to clean lead lines almost Mahavihnu-ish. This would be a great group to check out live, I think.

Note: This album, originally released in 1995 as by Conglomerate, was reissued in 1999 under the Network name.


Filed under: Reissues, Issue 9, 1999 releases, 1995 recordings

Related artist(s): Tim Crowther, Steve Franklin, Hugh Hopper, Network / Conglomerate / Groon

Latest news

2020-10-14
Audion Is Back in Business – Our esteemed colleague Alan Freeman has restarted Audion Magazine after a seven year hiatus. The new incarnation is available online on their Bandcamp site. Audion's history goes back to 1984, and included 58 issues up to 2013. Issue #59 is available now, and #60 is in the works. » Read more

2020-10-06
Romantic Warriors IV – Krautrock (Part 2) Is in the Works – Zeitgeist Media, the people who have brought us the great series of documentary films chronicling the history of progressive rock, are working on the second installment of their examination of German music. Krautrock 2 will focus on artists from Münich such as Guru Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, and Popol Vuh. » Read more

2020-09-09
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more

2020-09-05
Gary Peacock RIP – Legendary bassist Gary Peacock, veteran of many recordings and performances with Paul Bley, George Russell, Roland Kirk, Bill Evans, Tony Williams, and many more. » Read more

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the age of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Ange - Live Tour 2003-2004 - Par les Fils de Mandrin – I guess this is Ange. That's what it says on the box, though I can easily see that Christian Décamps is the only member of the band present from the band's heyday in the 70s. He's even got a female...  (2007) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues