Far Corner - 2007 - Endangered [VBR HQ]
Country : United States
FAR CORNER biography (Progarchives):
Milwaukee avant-rock quartet highly influenced by Stravinsky and Bartok. Their material is a blend of contemporary classical chamber music and rock with a touch of jazz – think Stravinsky and Bartok injected with some Jeff Beck and MAHAVISHNU. All four members are seasoned musicians, boasting either some classical training and/or years of performing experience in rock and jazz venues. They were masterminded by keyboardist Dan Maske (PAR LINDH PROJECT, TEMPUS, PARALLEL MIND) who handles the Grand piano, Hammond organ, synths and percussion. He is surrounded by bassist William Kopecky (of metal power trio KOPECKY and The FLYIN’ RYAN BROTHERS), cellist Angela Schmidt, who sometimes uses a fuzz box to substitute for thrashing electric guitar parts, and drummer/percussionist Craig Walker who navigates off meters and rapid changes with aplomb.
Their eponymous album, released in September 2004, consists of a mixture of well structured pieces, some wild improvisation and a mixture of both, yet the music always stays focused even when the instruments’ raditional limits are stretched (e.g., cello played in a heavy metal style, electric bass playing passages more akin to classical music). The result sounds like a blend of early ELP, KING CRIMSON, UNIVERS ZERO and PRESENT.
If you are looking for entertaining and provocative soundscapes, do lend an ear to FAR CORNER. A truly ‘progressive’ band.
Album review (from official site of the band):
Far Corner's second release sees the group expanding their instrumental palette by including more keyboards, a greater variety of cello and bass sounds, orchestral percussion, and several home-made instruments. In addition, instruments such as violin, trumpet, bamboo flute, and melodica are featured.
Compositionally, the tracks stretch farther in all stylistic directions, from the prog metal-styled "Creature Council," to the jazzy "Not From Around Here,"to the epic title track which includes a huge sonic palette of instruments, moods, and styles.
1. Inhuman (3:47)
2. Do You Think I'm Spooky? (6:41)
3. Creature Council (10:17)
4. Claws (5:14)
5. Not From Around Here (8:57)
6. Endangered (19:50)
Total Time: 54:46
William Kopecky: fretted and fretless basses, wind drum
Dan Maske: keyboards, trumpet, melodica, additional percussion
Angela Schmidt: acoustic and electric cellos, bamboo flute, violin
Craig Walkner: drumset
Guest Musician: Jerry Loughney - violin solo on "Not From Around Here"
CD Cuneiform Records RUNE 246 (2007)
Recorded at eDream Studios
Produced by Dan Gnader & Dan Maske
Mastered by Jake Johnson at Paradyme Productions, Inc.