- Released: March 18, 2002
- Label: Thrill Jockey
Q - 10/00, p.1143 stars out of 5
- "...Decidedly arthouse, but undeniably groovesome."
The Wire - 1/01, p.34
Included in Wire's "50 Records Of The Year".
CMJ - 5/22/00, p.26
"...Continues to bridge the gap between jazz...and electronic music....this duo has a musical chemistry that is never less than enthralling."
JazzTimes - 12/00, p.103
"...Features some unique soundscapes...its appeal increases immensely with repeated listens..."
NME (Magazine) - 8/26/00, p.618 out of 10
- "...Dangerous, beautiful stuff.""
- 1.Blue Sparks Form Her, and the Scent of Lightning
- 2.Threads on Face
- 4.Red Gradations
- 7.The Unique Container
- 8.Tram Transfer Nine
Chicago Underground Duo: Rob Mazurek (cornet, electronics); Chad Taylor (vibraphone, percussion).
Additional personnel: Sam Prekop (moog).
Personnel: Rob Mazurek (cornet, electronics); Sam Prekop (Moog synthesizer); Chad Taylor (vibraphone, percussion).
Recording information: Electrical Audio Recording (09/1999-11/1999).
On its second full-length album, The Chicago Underground Duo bangs, burbles and blows its way through the underbrush of fringe music. It's eclectic music, totally fun, and totally cool. Though ostensibly a percussion and cornet duo, these guys use whatever sound generating device comes their way, their concept of improvisation extending all the way to including the recording studio as an instrument to be improvised upon.
Highlights include the little insert in the opening track, or the musique concrete patchwork of the closing track; the closest reference point would be an electrified, post-everything Codona. With Tortoise/Sea And Cake member John McEntire engineering and the Sea And Cake's Sam Prekop playing Moog on one cut, SYNESTHESIA furthers the impression that the Chicago scene is actually a group of roughly two dozen musicians merely pretending to be different bands.