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Monday, December 1, 2014

Schrödingers Cat - Schrödingers Cat (AUT, 2014) ****

Schrödingers Cat is named after the famous quantum physics thought experiment that allowed for a cat to be both alive and dead at the same time. In the case of this trio, the cat’s alive, and it is moving quite beautifully inside the box.

Paulo Brusò uses his guitar to develop lovely textures for Riccardo Marogna’s bass clarinet and sax. Niccolò Romanin percussion adds a light pulse to the tunes. Most of the songs unfold unhurriedly and with their own patient logic, and except for the track ‘Pharoah’s Cat’ where the drums come to the fore and the guitar and woodwind dig in with a repetitive rhythmic figure. With song titles like ‘When Rachel Dreamt of the Unicorn for the First Time’ and ‘Alan Turing 1’ and ‘Alan Turing 2’, you can kind of guess you are in for nice ride.

The slowly unfolding music on the album happens unassumingly, but you'll find yourself drawn and listening closely.