Boomkat Product Review:
Wild Terrier Orchestra is the stunning new ether dub project by Dimitris Papadatos aka Jay Glass Dubs, exploring his interests in improvisation, traditional Greek and Byzantine music, and surrealist poetry to the fullest, with spirited input from the likes of Spivak and Cruel Diagonals.
A dream for anyone previously snagged by Jay Glass Dubs’ masterful echo chamber inversions for the likes of Ecstatic and Berceuse Heroique, ‘Even The Chimera’ sees JGD’s aesthetic pushed beyond any semblance of dub, proper, and into an endlessly open framework of dematerialised electro-acoustic sorcery, richly spirited by the vocals of Cruel Diagonals, plus those of Laith Demashqieh, Anna Papathanasiou and Maria Spivak, and with additional, haunting ney flute by Foteini Korre.
Epic in the Greek sense, the album’s two side-long parts draw on a mix of real world politics, history, poetry and mythos as allegoric inspiration for unfathomably diffused blends of dub, trad folk and free jazz principles. They take plenty artistic license to navigate a sort of counterfactual, uchronic narrative, encrypted with arcana and apocrypha and effectively also exploring an idea of anamnesis - Plato’s concept that humans possess innate knowledge (perhaps acquired before birth) and that learning consists of rediscovering that knowledge from within - which is key to the art of improvisation, and found everywhere from the intuitions of free jazz to live dub mixing desk tekkerz.
Calling to mind reams of music we love - from Basil Kirchin’s ‘Worlds Within Worlds’, to the Cocteaus and This Mortal Coil’s 4AD classics, the synthscapes of Vangelis, and Coil’s para-dimensional plunges - the cavernous sides of billowing atmosphere and head-less voices seduce and elucidate thru their obfuscation, operating by a system of suggestive signals and an unresolved “chimeric” nature that never fully reveals itself and leaves much to keener imaginations. It’s a masterclass in studio-as-divination-instrument, opening a prismic portal to other dimensions.