• Sylvain Lupari

METCALF & THOMAS: Medicine Work (2013)

Updated: Jul 1, 2020

If disturbing the mind is captivating its interest, Medicine Work does the job with the inexplicable on ethnic or spiritual structures

1 This Way 13:53  

2 A Deeper Descent 15:20  

3 Medicine Work 16:50  

4 Gates of Initiation 8:00  

5 Servants of the Mystery 17:31

Dr. BRAM's Music

(CD/DDL 71:33) (V.F.)

(Ethnic ambient Music)

Medicinal music! You believe it? Hem … I'm not certain. I believe in the bewitchment by the music on the other hand. If it's not the case for you, try then MEDECINE WORK. But I have to admit that the task to tame these structures free of steady rhythms is rather difficult. In fact, it's through the reading that I took myself of fascination for this last opus from Byron Metcalf. The tom-tom drums, especially their hymns of frenzied war on the title-track, have often made me frown of the ear and leave my reading to let myself being immersed. And I eventually discovered a beautiful album which if not of the seed of the usual Berlin School style possesses an undeniable charm. But although of this sound style, it remains difficult to describe the music of the shamanic percussionist because in spite of the percussions which thunder and which resound, the rhythms are nearly invisibles, unseizable. We feel well and truly a colorless rhythmic pattern which tramples on and jumps, except that these rhythms more tribal than incantatory, if draw a trance frenzy, are under the yoke of powerful breaths and hoarse groans from the Didgeridoos of Rob Thomas. Autopsy of an album as puzzling as charming.