Loom by KALI TrioRelease date: March 19, 2021
Label: Ronin Rhythm Records
KALI Trio are a Swiss music ensemble that launched back in 2015. They consider Pianist Raphael Loher, Guitarist Urs Müller, and Drummer Nicolas Stocher. Two from Lucerne, and one from Zurich. Minimalistic, surrealism, dynamic, and brutal arrangements, KALI Trio can send shivers down your spine at unexpected moments that are like a ticking time bomb waiting to explode at any second.
Their latest release is on Nik Bartsch’s label, Ronin Rhythm Records, entitled Loom, which is their follow-up to their 2019 debut Riot. It showcases their intense experimentation by uncaging it’s beast to attack at any second. Like Sonar, the trio can walk on various forms of water. At times it feels like a score to both Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 1973 TV miniseries World on a Wire, and Tarkovsky’s atmospheric landscapes.
‘Dry Soul’ sees Urs channeling David Torn’s soundscapes which has a brawling effect as if you’re walking into a nightmarish city that is followed by Raph’s piano as he channels McCoy Tyner by making the listener head into an experimental sound of David Lynch’s tagline from Eraserhead, “A dream of dark and troubling things.”
‘Shipol’ gives Stocker’s electronic drum beats into a looping effect that sounds like a galloping horse as it spirals through the calm before the storm to create this intense treatment of the late Pierre Henry’s musique-concrete electronic effects he had done on Spooky Tooth’s controversial classic, Ceremony. The raindrop sounds from the plucking of the piano strings, Urs increases the temperature level as the booming midsection gives him a chance to create these roaring effects to get some of those tempos up and running for Raph and Nicolas.
But once you get to ‘Transitoriness’, Loher takes center stage and he goes for a ride into parallel universes. He goes into the Outside-era from David Bowie as he channels Mike Garson’s piano arrangements. Not only that, but continuing the legacy of Detective Nathan Adler’s life in Oxford, New Jersey to see where he had left off. It becomes very trippy at the end as Adler’s clues become more of a challenge for KALI, knowing that they must work ahead of them to see if they can complete the mystery once and for all.
‘Folding Space’ has the bells dinging repeatedly to make the trip back home seem as if we are inside a scene from Tarkovsky’s unsung sci-fi masterpiece, Stalker. There is a sign of relief as KALI is asking the listener a question of what will be the next adventure be for us? And what challenges they might have in store us?
I have to say that while I’m new to KALI, Loom is quite a challenge that I adored. It’s not just its intensive structures, but the way that it becomes intense at times that had me going for more. But if you admire Sonar’s music, then KALI Trio’s Loom is the next step if you are up for the band’s music.