Boomkat Product Review:
A split release from two Belgian groups: the duo of Razen (Brecht Ameel playing keys, bouzouki and santoor, Bart Reekmans on percussion and brass) and trio Sheldon Spiegel (featuring Gino Coomans on cello and music box, Erik Heestermans playing drums and percussion, plus Gerard Herman on sax, vocals and tapes). The contribution from Sheldon Spiegel comes as a single twenty-five minute work, loosely toying around with notions of free-jazz. Coomans and Harman paint the piece in scratchy, awkward textures on cello and sax respectively, colouring the piece with a playful scrawl that on the very odd occasion, little pockets of melody. Things get all the more surreal when wordless vocal hollers start to make their way into the recording. Presenting a more exotic blend of sounds, Razen intertwine Eastern sounding pipes and hammered dulcimers around heavy, splattering drums. Across three tracks this duo make a sound that blurs cultural lines in a manner that never fails to entertain.