Sound and Fury – Pulsacion by Ben Spencer

Rating: 3/5
Distributor/Label: Ektro Records

Band Line up:
Pepa Päivinen
Jorma Tapio
Tane Kannisto
Matti Riikonen
Jimi Sumen
Julius Heikkilä
Sampo Lassila
Hannu Risku
Simo Laihonen

Album Track list:
1. Lamgonella Lomboo
2. I Tell You a Story
3. Siamese Twins
4. Pulsacion
5. Nattuggla
6. Punk
7. Shadows

Having built something of a name for themselves, Sound & Fury are set to release Pulsacion a record that replicates the unreleased material from Finnish composer Edward Vesala. The music itself merges together experimental guitars with orchestral textures that strives to evoke the beauty of Finnish culture.

Opening with a free style drum solo, Lamgonella Lamboo’ unveils with a strong brass backbone, wasting no time in its journey into contemporary jazz. Musically proficient and full of interesting bass lines, it certainly shapes up to be an interesting opener throughout with corrosive blend of aggressive tension and erratic juxtapositions.

‘Siamese Twins’ kicks in with a more upbeat rhythm from the saxophone led intro with the bass runs speeding up in equal measure. The track feels delivers itself in a more bombastic execution but it’s the impressive drum rolls around mid-way through that showcase the band’s quality control for song writing. The use of guitars also comes more into play and helps to keep the momentum going during the tracks more intense moments.

Stepping aside from this, ‘Nattuggla’ stands in opposition as an entirely ambient sounding interlude. This can be a good juncture for any untrained jazz ears who need to take a breather as everything feels as though it has been taken down a notch.

Some of the more energetic brass dynamics find their way into ‘Punk’ an all-round vibrant sounding track with infectious drums and sonic sounding riffs that are guaranteed to get feet tapping along at live shows.

Closing off with the 13 minute ‘Shadows’ the bass runs take a more prominent role within the opening moments, before rest of the track breezes by effortlessly in its heavily textured sound that jumps between a soothing and enraged passages of instrumentation.

Overall, this was a decent outlet by a band who have a strong sense of identity and whilst the style may alienate a lot people, it is sure to pull into its wake those looking for something refreshing as well. Some tracks did appear stronger than others as the weaker moments of the record fizzled out quickly.

Although, this may appeal to those more familiar with the genre it is certainly worth checking out for its tight musicianship and professionalism if nothing else.