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Boomkat Product Review:
A new experimental project featuring This Heat drummer Charles Hayward, Monkey Puzzle Trio releases its debut album for the Slowfoot label. The other two members of this trio are double-bassist Nick Doyne-Ditmas (Pinski Zoo/Crackle) and vocalist Viv Corringham. Somewhere between avant-jazz and song-craft, the music on White World was all conceived from free improvisation committed to tape over four days. The recordings were then sifted through and edited into their final shape, coaxing out an abstract and rather original set of musical collages that seems to slip between recognisable musical forms. Hayward's rhythmic backbone is technical and versatile throughout, yet through pieces like opener 'Knight, Rook, Bishop' he maintains an orderly motorik groove reminiscent of Jaki Liebezeit in his prime. Corringham's voice floats somewhere between language and pure, primal expression, calling upon loops and effects for her most ethereal moments, notably playing around with the platitudes and phraseological tics of modern English during 'Know What I Mean?' - repeating sentence fillers like "at the end of the day..." and "for real" until they start to sound like portentous, incantatory exclamations.