Boomkat Product Review:
Split #21 in Fat Cat's acclaimed series pairs two groups of artists who utilise layered rhythms and vocals in very different ways. LA's Foot Village take one side with 'Let Bebongs Be Bebongs, Idiot'. The self-described "loudest Acoustic rock band ever" are a concept-heavy quartet who shun guitars and electronics, in fact any kind of amplified instrument, bar a megaphone, to play an energetic form of improvised post-hardcore, taking 16 minutes to vault from swirling rhythms through yelping vox and a cacophonous polyrhythmic clatter. It's challenging, but great fun. Flipside you'll find three more subtle tracks by Mali's Super Khoumeissa, a group of six musicians and four dancers from Gao, on the banks of the Niger River int he North of the country, 320km east of Timbuktu. This is their first ever releases, despite being formed since 1990, and comprises three tracks played on the traditoinal three-stringed instrument, the Tehardent or Ngoni, and the distinctive sound of a gourd instrument known as the Calabasse. They play a popular folk sound common to their region, built on repetitive rhythms which unfold into compelx harmonies and and relate tales of love and life in the Sahara, and bear some rhythmic resemblance to the music of Tinariwen, Khaira and Tamikrest. Recommended!