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Vertical Squirrels / Hold True (Accroche-Toi)
Album:Hold True (Accroche-Toi) Collection:Jazz
Artist:Vertical Squirrels Added:Jul 2011
Label:Ambiances Magnetique 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2011-07-24 Pull Date:2011-09-25 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:Sep 25Sep 18Sep 11Sep 4Aug 28Aug 21Jul 31

 Recent Airplay
1.Sep 24, 2011:Rebop
Leaps Of Faith
4.Sep 16, 2011:razor's edge
¡Ah/Ha!, La Mnémologie/Amnesiaville
2.Sep 21, 2011:Memory Select
Leaps Of Faith
5.Sep 10, 2011:Rebop
Leaps Of Faith
3.Sep 17, 2011:Rebop
(Put Some) Spunk In Your Funk
6.Sep 03, 2011:Rebop
Resurrecting The Good

Album Review
Reviewed 2011-07-24 
VERTICAL SQUIRRELS: Hold True (Accroche-toi)
Ambiances Magnetiques, 2010

FREE IMPROV – Highly creative and sometimes noisy, this excellent quartet from Canada brings humor, mystery, vision and restless energy to a widely varied set. Lots of krautrock influence here (check out #3), some Zappa, a little Fripp, just a hint of world music. The use of piano in an otherwise electric group adds a nice touch. Very fine stuff.

Fo’s Picks: 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10

1. 2:56 – guitar wails over lopsided thumping rhythm
2. 6:13 – tinkly piano & percussion with exotic flute; falls into mysterious swirl
3. 9:20 – very cool creeping groove sounds like a Can track, builds up steam
4. 4:12 – clattering prepared piano & percussion: ominous start, then goofy
5. 1:42 – ambient percussion, fragile piano, slow fade
6. 10:07 – ambient noises (like an aviary) drift in, French spoken word mixed in with lonely guitar/piano improvisation, percussion rises & falls
7. 7:32 – bright piano/percussion & cool-toned guitar: glides forward, heats up
8. 9:57 – from gurgling improv to folksy-dreamy to insistent minimalist drive
9. 2:51 – cluttered improv starts spare but quickly piles up
10. 5:56 – pipe organ intro, bright upbeat sound drifts in a lazy spiral. Nice!

[ Fo ] 07/24/11

Track Listing
1.(Put Some) Spunk In Your Funk 6.L'impatience Des Poissons (Élégie)
2.Nomads, Sparrows & Machines 7.Leaps Of Faith
3.¡Ah/Ha! 8.La Mnémologie/Amnesiaville
4.Danse Des Araignées Mécaniques 9.The Nobodies
5.The Shining Sea 10.Resurrecting The Good