Half Notes: Sidony Box – Pink Paradise (2011)

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That Sidony Box, a French trio, has chosen to explore jazz rock is anachronistically interesting enough. But they’re doing it without the musical GPS of a bass — something that allows guitarist Manuel Adnot, drummer Arthur Nancy and saxophonist Elie Dalibert to wander around these wide open spaces. What they find is a rugged landscape: Principal composer Adnot (he wrote or co-wrote all but two tracks here) counts among his chief influences a diverse group that goes from Deftones to Happy Apple, from Sigur Ros to Radiohead. No surprise then, that Pink Paradise would include the ethereal Enoesque soundscape of “Tatooine,” the bashing kitchen-sink multi-improvisational din of “Suedois,” the King Crimson-ish math-rock of “TMNT” (one of the two non-Adnot tracks, composed by Dalibert), the dissonant, grinding free-jazz expanses of “Wilson” and, finally, the album-closing hooky sax-driven nougat of “Ultimate Pop Song.” By the time this complex and challenging ride is over, musical categories lay in pieces on the ground.

‘Half Notes’ are quick-take thoughts on music from Something Else! Reviews, presented whenever the mood strikes us.

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Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso has written for USA Today, American Songwriter, All About Jazz, and a host of others. Honored as columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section named Top 10 in the U.S. by the AP before co-founding Something Else! Nick is now associate editor of Ultimate Classic Rock.
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