Boomkat Product Review:
Brand new project from Radian/Trapist's Martin Siewert, pianist Georg Graewe, and Dieter Kern of DEK Trio. It's jazz, sorta, but not as we know it - if you're into Radian, Giuseppe Ielasi or 3/4HadBeenEliminated, this one's worth a look.
With Siewert on guitar and electronics, Graewe on organ and Kern on drums, Austrian improv-experimental trio Dry Thrust get off to a solid start on "The Less You Sleep". All three players are experienced, and all three know exactly what they're capable of - their experimentation is then less an expression of skill and training, and more of a joyful examination of what might be possible from a project of this kind. Graewe's background is in orchestra work, including movie scores, and this band is one of the rare occasions he plays organ. It's a revelation, with his jazzy twinkles leading many of the improvisations, adding sugar to Kern's skittering drums and Siewert's grizzled guitar growls.
But "The Less You Sleep" isn't really a jazz album, quite. 'Afterburner' sounds more like Morricone-inspired soundtrack music put through an improvisational, electro-acoustic blender. Graewe's organ drones are spine-chilling, and Kern's beat forms a near march as Siewert jams into the distance. On 'Wet Engine' meanwhile, the band erupts into a fanciful prog-rawk explosion, and each instrument blooms into the ur-version of itself. It's unexpected after so many tracks of latent energetic build-up, but it's welcome.