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on 18 September 2006
For the realist in me, Frances the Mute really is impossible to follow, but the sideways move to Amputechture is as good as it could have got. I did get a sinking feeling though as my enjoyment of the many parts of the capricious 16 minute "Tetragrammation" was continually hijacked by the seemingly random way they are spliced together.
What follows though is a set of excellent individual numbers, in which Omar continues to develop his skill of producing brilliant atmospheric musical textures, like a prog rock Ravel! Vermicide and Meccampatechure are both very strong tracks, the former more atmospheric the other another extended opus, very jazzy with some magical improvised sax and keys, Asilos Magdelena calms it down, this is a beautifully rendered folorn acoustic ballad - a surprise and a sheer delight.
The brilliant riff based Viscera Eyes then leads into another extended roving caprice, Day of the Baphomets - yet this is far more coherent and ultimately more satisfying than Tetragrammation.
The work is bookended by less accessible tracks, which I may or may not grow to like, but with boundary pushing artistes that is always bound to happen.
In Amputechture (does this mean "the design of limb removal") TMV use more repetition than ever before, but the clever multilayered textures are still there, and there is some great tunesmithing mixed in with some exciting jazz-fusion sections. Ohhh yes and that King Crimson influence is still unashamedly there. Its always fun translating the Spanish lyrics - they always make more sense than the English ones: "Promitiste tu Sangre" - I think we got it.