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A dark set of heavy improvisations from bassist Goncalo Almeida's project with drummer Jorg A. Schneider, with guests Susana Santos Silva on trumpet and Colin Webster on baritone sax; references to Bill Laswell, Zu, and Napalm Death are a good indication.

Roji (Almeida / Schneider / Santos Silva)
The Hundred Headed Woman

Roji (Almeida / Schneider / Santos Silva): The Hundred Headed Woman (Shhpuma)

Label: Shhpuma    
Released in: Portugal    

"A project-oriented bassist, Goncalo Almeida debuts with The Hundred Headed Women one more amongst the several he is involved with, simply presented as Roji, the Japanese word for "dewy ground".

Being a duo with a drummer (Jorg A. Schneider), we start the listening with the idea that a rhythmic and textural approach to improvisation waits us, not very far from the one developed together by John Edwards and Mark Sanders. That mistakes vanishes very rapidly, and not only because there's just one "song" without a guest playing a melodic instrument, either trumpeter Susana Santos Silva and baritone saxophonist Colin Webster.

It happens that Almeida's electric bass is wildly processed, functioning many times as a noise generator or, thanks to all the electronics used, as an orchestral conductor. And as if it wasn't enough, the coordinates of the proposed music come from metal, with the attitude picked from punk.

To simplify, we can say that this recording sounds almost like an encounter between Bill Laswell and Mick Harris (Napalm Death), but simultaneously more trashy and more jazzy, more Public Image Limited and more Sunn 00))). We can compare Roji with the Italian band Zu, but there's a fundamental difference: this isn't fun. It's amazing, in a very dark, frightening way. The movie "Antichrist" by Lars von Triers found a better soundtrack."-Clean Feed

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Product Information:

UPC: 5609063003234

Label: Shhpuma
Catalog ID: SHH023CD
Squidco Product Code: 22268

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded a Loundry Room in Huckelhoven by Jorg A. Schneider.


Goncalo Almeida-bass, loops

Jorg A. Schneider-drums


Susana Santos Silva-trumpet

Colin Webster-baritone sax

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Track Listing:

1. Inner Roji 6:53

2. 2 Sisters 2:18

3. Sounding Restraint 6:30

4. 1 1=3 2:48

5. Pacific 4:19

6. Prelude To A Broken Sax 6:38

7. The Hundred Headed Women 9:14

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