After the broad success of “Bite My Blues”, Canadian saxophonist Peter Van Huffel’s Berlin band Gorilla Mask is back with more music; not to cover the foot imprints of his previous work but going beyond a good number of steps. You can’t say anymore that this project consists of a mix of jazz with punk and metal – the kind of sonic assault heard on “Iron Lung” has an identity of its own, inclusively because it’s not only a projection of raw energy. There’s purpose, method and order in a unique way, even if the alto sax makes us think of an Arthur Blythe high on methamphetamines. Roland Fidezius’ and Rudi Fischerlehner’s repetitive patterns give focus to the overall chaos of dissonance, atonality, free flowing multiphonics and electric noise, turning this post-everything proposal into a wonder of sound sculpting and form made from debris: a divergent, deviant, subversive, perverse masterpiece which exposes the human face behind the gorilla mask.
All compositions by Peter Van Huffel (GEMA)
Recorded February 11th and 12th, 2016 by Christian Heck at Golden Retriever Studios, Berlin Germany | Mixed by Christian Heck at Tonart Studios, Kerpen-Horrem Germany | Mastered by James Plotkin at Plotkinworks, USA
Produced by Peter Van Huffel | Executive production by Pedro Costa for Trem Azul | Design by Travassos