Second Law of Thermodynamics

by The Bureau of Atomic Tourism

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The music played by this transatlantic sextet is
uncompromising, heavy on improvisation and with noisy electronics scattered about, and even some
noisy electronics-type sounds created without electronics -- thanks primarily to Wooley. Free
improvisational opening track "Corollaries of the Decay Laws" finds D'Angelo (on bass clarinet) and
Ducret screamingly intense; Dunn and Verbruggen maintain tumbling momentum while Dumoulin and
Wooley, the latter playing long Miles-ish lines, chart out a middle ground -- until D'Angelo's highenergy
squeals push the trumpeter to move beyond tonality into pure static. Verbruggen is ostensibly the
bandleader but -- at least for the set documented here -- D'Angelo brought all the scores. His
"BooBeeBooBeeBee" takes nearly four minutes to assemble itself into a messed-up pound-and-retreat
theme -- the midsection is a fine feature for the Ducret-Dunn-Verbruggen trio in halting escalation to an
abrupt stop. D'Angelo also penned the two-part "Marthana," initially pairing the composer's woozy alto
and Wooley's trumpet over a subdued dark ambient backing; Ducret's snaky guitar is soon surrounded by
repetitive clicks, ticks, and pops that sound like a relatively gentle but deliberate pummeling is being
delivered directly to the surface of your eardrums with the world's tiniest jackhammers. "Marthana, Pt. 2"
builds into a fearsomely energetic and then fragmented jam after a Dumoulin keyboard feature,
ultimately sputtering out before the reins are handed to Wooley, who again pushes beyond notes into
sound and noise. A tumultuous improvisation with a physics formula title that translates as "The Average
Defining the Generalized Force" stops on a dime and is immediately followed by D'Angelo's "Meg Nem
Sa" (from Icelandic guitarist Hilmar Jensson's Tyft album of the same name), in which Verbruggen and
Dunn lock into a tight but quick-shifting groove as Ducret, D'Angelo, and Wooley shoot fireworks across
the top. The members of BOAT might be split between countries and even by an ocean, but on this
souvenir from Tilberg they draw from a common improvisational language, seeming like they've played
together for years. Perhaps the title Second Law of Thermodynamics is meant to convey that these sonic
scientists don't comprise an isolated system as they channel and disperse their roiling energy. In any
case, this album provides a jolt suggesting anything but a slow an


released September 3, 2013



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