Wednesday 28 March 2018
Squintaloo - Über Bord! (2017)
The fourth album from this German band.
Squintaloo is a quartet with a lineup of guitars, bass, drums, mandolin, slide guitar, saxophone, musical saw, synth, marimba, programming, percussion, vibraphone and shanty choir.
Four other vocalist also added shanty choir.
The band has released four albums without much fanfare and attention outside their hometown Berlin. The band is known as a great live-band and that has been their life since the release of their debut album back in 1998. Uber Bord is their international breakthrough and a lot of positive attention has come their way.
Their music is instrumental eclectic prog. There is a lot of King Crimson, the jazzy era of Gong and krautrock in their music. Add experimental metal too and you will get this.
The music is very, very eclectic. So much that it is almost difficult to review this album. But the music on this one hour album is never really avant-garde and falls for the temptation of going ambient.
The music is very focused throughout. It is also very, very dense and pretty hard too.
There is some harsh guitar riffs here and a lot of other instruments. Synths, drums and bass springs to mind.
The end result is a good album. I would not mind seeing this band live as I believe they are far better live than on a record like this one.