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Osaka, Japan’s freeform improvisational ex-pats, Out of Dust, return with a sophomore release that shows them growing into an even more cohesive unit.
Where Songs from the Back of Your Mind introduced the quintet-plus-poet’s versatility, Polygraphy shows them unifying into a solid collective. The opening “Cracker Jack” attacks with some fiery hard bop before merging into electric-era Miles Davis halfway through, a mood that follows in the title track. “Lesser Gods” extends the hard bop aesthetic into darkness and even the atmospheres of spacerock, while “Paper Guitars” looks to Eastern minimalism for inspiration and “Humidity” weaves it all into a sixteen-minute tapestry of varying textures. Despite the members’ insistence on complete improvisation, it’s an even more focused statement than their debut.
To put it simply, Out of Dust get together and talk to each other with their instruments instead of words. Listen in on those conversations and discover the essence of communication.
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