- Audio CD (29 Jun. 2009)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Harmonia Mundi
- ASIN: B002BIQ9TK
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,191 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Recorded by noted engineer Robert Harder (Acoustic Ladyland, Babyshambles, Brian Eno etc), Troyka s self-titled debut distills the essence of the bands intense live shows in to a finely focused album. Fom the elemental goove of Tax Return, to slide-driven -throb of Clint, sly groove of Noonian Song, shimmering, tricksy Twelve and the twisted beauty and carefully calibrated mayhem of Born in the 80s it perfectly nails the bands dark-toned lyricism, shape-shifting grooves and intense improvisational power. Play Troyka loud, they won t let you down.
Troyka are yet another young London combo who are inhabiting the increasingly vibrant scene that's devoted to the uninhibited collision between jazz, rock, free improvisation and funky jamming. They're beaming off into a completely different direction when compared to the work of keyboardist Kit Downes' previous band, Empirical. Downes has so far been heard as an acoustic pianist, but in this setting he concentrates on the organ, cranked up to its grittiest settings.
Troyka's other two members are not so familiar on the jazz scene, but they're certainly empowered to excite. Guitarist Chris Montague and drummer Joshua Blackmore add to the forceful jazz-rock judder, with spiny constructions and shifty beats, as Downes jams out on his electro-warbled keys. It's a transgressive sound, full of bent notes and shiny contortions, erupting with powerchords and prog rock organ bursts, and even featuring the odd dose of bluesy bottleneck slide guitar.
The opening pair of tracks are so profoundly excessive in their pursuit of leaden riffage that, for a while, subsequent pieces can't help but feel restfully inactive by comparison. Tax Return contorts around an organ susurrus, with guitar that's by turns prickly and overloaded. It's not surprising that New Yorker Wayne Krantz is cited by the band as a heavy influence. The Frenchman Marc Ducret could be another contender as a guitaring forefather. Blackmore's drum patterns are highly detailed, the Troyka combination ending up as being at once avant and visceral. The chunky organ flamboyance can't help but remind the listener of Soft Machine's Mike Ratledge. Even mightier, Clint must surely be dedicated to Mister Eastwood in Dirty Harry guise, with its extremely weighty powerchords and bassy overhang.
The itchy time signatures continue, but most of the heavy artillery is reserved now until the album's closing tracks. A sinister bass padding dominates Bear, then Cajoch gets into some fidgety clenching. Twelve rains organ droplets, with a guitar that arcs up from vibrato-ed pings to the return of that earlier scalding sensation. The granite riffing is sustained during Born In The 80s, but it's now alternating with a glowing sensitivity. With Noonian Song, Montague is getting into Krantz via the arcane tunings of composer Harry Partch, or maybe even the bendy tonalities of Fred Frith's table-top guitars. --Martin Longley
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"A fascinating conjunction of dance-derived beats, abstract electronica, ambient music, Schofield-like guitar funk, and John Zorn-ish free-iazz." Guardian Film & Music
"Troyka are widely tipped to create the kind of interest that Acoustic Ladyland and Polar Bear made when they first arrived on the London scene." Observer Music Monthly ****
"Mingus-meets-Motorhead melange of garage rock, improvised jazz, metronomic beats and extreme volume." Independent ****
Cerebral without being self-consciously playful without seeming glib, this fine debut is simply
bursting with intelligence and wit. Jazzwise ****
"Troyka freely mix genres and influences, but their pallette is dance-based and heavily amplified."
"Troyka are fast becoming a force to be reckoned with; like King Crimson for the iPod generation."
"Troyka are yet another young London combo who are inhabiting the increasingly vibrant scene that's devoted to the uninhibited collision between jazz, rock, free improvisation and funky jamming." BBC online
"The sound is stripped-down, intricate yet raw, even garage-bluesy in places, with a smart use of loops and a brilliant understanding of rock dynamics." Metro
"Their hot math-rock licks compress throbbing dub bass, bristling bottleneck blues, gltichy Alphex Twin bleeps and excessively catching tunes into a gusty head spinning whirl of futuristic prog". Time Out
The album features some great ruffneck guitar work coupled with crisp off kilter drum grooves reminicent of that golden era of jazz rock that later became known as 'fusion'.
Troyka are at times playful and at others quite considered. I'm already looking forward to their second album; who knows where a young band like this might go...
According to Amazon's T's&C's, I will be charged for the MP3 version of the album. (I.e. whatever the screw-up, they're always right.)
I guess you could say that I was lax in not investigating this webpage ( http://www.amazon.co.uk/Troyka/dp/B00GUP9PG4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1393438977&sr=8-1&keywords=troyka ) more thoroughly, before purchasing... Not the way I see it - to have a mixture of 2 entirely different (but identically named) bands on the same webpage is incompetent, on Amazon's part.
To ensure I don't do the same thing again, I'll head off to base.com and see whether they've got what I want.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
just a bunch of highly skilled funky groovers laying down tracks that don't tire. I can't get enough! Read morePublished 6 months ago by 8hz-meat
For people like me who love jazz-rock but hate both the sound of the saxophone and excessive noodling, your floor must also be littered with jazz purchases you can't listen to. Read morePublished on 31 Dec. 2012 by Steve Bachini