Slobber PupPole Axe
and Gerald Cleaver) and The Spanish Donkey (with Mike Pride) Recorded December 2013 in Jamie Saft’s Potterville International Sound studio in the beautiful Catskills mountains, Pole Axe leverages the aforementioned chemistry and the tumultuous, monolithic yet psychedelic vigor of Mats Gustafsson’s reeds, yielding three boundless free-form excursions . This journey, which starts with the torrential “Pole Of Combustible Memory”, continues with the equally extended “Bring Me My Desire And Arrows To Shoot” (a title inspired by William Blake) and concludes with Incendiary Axe, is a chiaroscuro stream of consciousness that might have been burned on 35mm analog reel. Visions relentlessly follow visions, temperature and texture changes flow into another without hardly rest. The endless depth of Saft’s and Morris’ interplay, multiple analog synths and organs engaged in a at times vertiginous dance with the guitar, is here deeply complemented by Gustafsson’s saxophone multiform saxophone, sustained by Pandi’s at times restrained, at times virulent drumming. Here again one can sense the manifestation of the notion of glacial time theorized by Morris – a state of deep listening between musicians, when time is felt and understood by all, but does not need to be overtly stated. Everyone is experiencing the pulse, yet everyone’s focus is on the larger arc of the music.