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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Ich bin N!ntendo feat. Mats Gustafsson: self-titled (vafongool, 2012) ****

By Martin Schray

Like many Germans I am a soccer fan. And I was just watching my favorite club being beaten by its “worst” enemy. It was not a simple defeat, it was humiliation – and I watched it until the bitter end. After that I needed something really strong – something like Ich bin N!ntendo feat. Mats Gustafsson.

You need the following ingredients:
  • 1 electric guitar (played by Christian Skår Winther)
  • 1 electric bass (played by Magnus Skavhaug Nergaard)
  • 1 drum kit (played by Joakim Heibø Johansen)
  • 1 baritone saxophone (you should definitely use Mats Gustafsson).
  • a handful of Captain Beefheart blues and heavy rock riffs
  • some 60s psychedelia sliced by brutal saxophone shrieks
  • a handful staccato punk drumming
  • a teaspoon of Frank Zappa and Peter Brötzmann, and some Jimi Hendrix guitar effects
  • a thudding bass
  • some distortion sounds
  • the good old Lasse Marhaug mix and mastering
Take the basic ingredients (guitar, bass, drums, sax), chop them apart and mash them in a food processor. Then pop and empty a bottle of water. Fill the bottle with the basic ingredients, the Beefheart blues and heavy rock riffs, the sliced psychedelia. After that shove the staccato punk drumming, the distortion sounds, the thudding bass, and the Zappa/Brötzmann/Hendrix  ingredients inside the bottle, too. Last but not least you have to stand the whole explosive mixture carefully in the Lasse Marhaug mix and mastering freezer and leave it for about half an hour so everything freezes around the bottle. Then take it out of the freezer and shake it thoroughly.

It tastes a bit like Original Silence, Naked City or Evan Parker/John Wiese, if you need any references.

I gulped down a good mouthful to swallow down the pain my favorite club’s defeat left in my throat and immediately felt better. But you can enjoy this mixture just for fun as well. It’s a killer!

Album release date: October 1

© stef


Paolo said...

Let me get a shot, please!
A single "mats" jazz-punk blended ensemble is always good to drink!
Really nice review!

Martin Schray said...

When I come to Rome one day, we will have one together, Paolo. I promise!