Boomkat Product Review:
Engagingly moody, pent and urgent return from Sweden’s psych and free-jazz visionaries, Mats Gustafsson (The Thing), Johan Berthling (Tape), and Andreas Werlin (Wildbirds & Peacedrums) a.k.a. Fire!, accompanied by Oren Ambarchi.
Rooted in the radical power of ’60s free-jazz and harnessing a timeless, psychedelic spirit through skilled, adroit improvisation, She Sleeps, She Sleeps frame the trio at their widest and tightest angles at full wingspan with the soaring sax and tumultuous rhythms section of She Owned His Voice or intently minimal, darewesay funky and achingly well concentrated in the album’s briefest moment, She Bid a Meaningless Farewell, or turning inwards to go far out in the long, drawn expression of She Penetrates The Distant Silence, Slowly.
With no disservice to the band’s obvious talents, this is free jazz music with a very broad appeal, and should be recommended to any new, intrigued listeners wanting to keep abreast of that sound, and equally to hardened heads looking for something a bit more spacious and lush.