Band: Jet Black Sea
Band Website: www.ninestonesclose.com
Label: Freia Music
Release Date: 2013
Elsewhere in this site is a review for the Dutch band Nine Stones Close and this as you may have surmised by the web address above, is an offshoot of that project. Created by Adrian Jones (guitars, bass, effects) and Michel Simons (sounds. effects and engineering) it occurred to Jones that there were lots of other musical avenues he wanted to explore, Jet Black Sea becoming one of them. Very different from his other band, the music on The Path of Least Existence is dark, atmospheric and at times very angular or dissonant creating waves of new sounds for the adventurous progressive rock explorer.
The Path of Least Existence is about an hour long, nine-tracks of varying lengths, all instrumental. The music really creeps up on you, typically starting off soft and building in intensity like waves of sonic landscapes being observed on a slow moving train. At times, as I say, the music becomes just dissonant noise which will then fade out or slowly evolve into something else that once again builds and builds. Not everything is that angular all the time. There are lovely passages of piano or guitar before they might come together in a sonic crunch. There is a little David Lynch industrial vibe happening in some of these songs, that feeling of something spooky occuring around the next musical passage. The duo does manage to inject a fair bit of melody and it is certainly that element that creates the yin and yang of Jet Black Sea: you work your way through the harsh elements because you know there’s something pleasant on the other side. There’s even some very grand and dramatic symphonic progressive rock that makes an appearance every now-and-then.
The music of Jet Black Sea is a very different animal and it may not be to everyone’s liking. Still spending time with The Path of Least Existence can be a very rewarding experience. There are some patches of brilliance buried under the sound rubble here and it’s a disc well worth exploring. I found it a fascinating listen and I urge you to check’em out.