Japan experimental jazz trio mouse on the keys transition from the resounding melodic poignancy of previous records towards a softer, minimalist and ultimately more somber territory in Out Of Body. It is a territory that comprises brooding post-punk synths in ‘Earache’; drony electronica in ‘Dark Lights’ and ‘Out Of Body’; an artwork depicting broken and fragmented romance. The more complex and impetuous side of mouse on the keys remains in tracks like ‘Afterglow’, where piano, strings and off-kilter percussion are thrown together a steaming brew of dissonant jazz. For the most part, however, Out Of Body is a dark and gloomy album where themes of mortality, solitude and despair are conjured up. This really an out of body experience (yeah, I went for the wordplay bait) for the band, but it is also an impressive turn, showcasing their artistry, their technique and their narrative skill.
Jazz, instrumental, ambient, post rock, math rock
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$5US digital on Topshelf Records