Composer and drummer Don Peretz has teamed up with Oz Noy to create the collaborative EP Manufactured Region. This five track EP exhibits a cross of fusion and electronic improvisation over the backdrop of industrial textured soundscapes. These songs show a momentary departure from Noy’s iconic blues style, yet still maintains his personality and tone. The pieces create strong imagery and at times become trance like.
The EP opens with Groomed, a spacey and atmospherically tune, much like swimming through textures and component sounds. The guitars manage the space as the drums hold the open form and ambience together. The song posses a smooth, easy groove while lively drums exploding beneath the surface. The end of the song holds an appearance of Noy’s famous blues chops, veering through a textural landscape.
Bundled swells into the heaviest, hardest hitting song on the EP. The piece holds a strong form and presents an opportunity for Noy to display just how well he can play with all twelve tones. The song shifts through voices, footsteps and static as Don’s drums propel the guitar’s energy through the piece. The song temporarily drops out, only to quickly build for a chance to showcase Peretz’s abilities behind the drum set.
Logos is certainly the most open and ambient track. The song has a quality of being dizzying as the guitars clash and are dissonant from the sound bed. This create a powerful trance quality in conjunction to the subtly wind soundscapes layered throughout the piece. Noy’s guitar lines navigate you through the void as the audience floats over an abyss of reverbs, synths, loops and alt percussion.
The title track Manufactured Region constructs several haunting loops to make up its music bed. The guitar parts come across as uneasy and angsty. It serves as a sonic climax of the EP, as the drums provoke the guitar as they fight their way to clarity.
The EP holds a strong sensation of tension, and unease. This feeling is rectified on the final track Post Production. Together the musicians sore out of the rugged soundscapes into a clean, uplifting conclusion. The steady pulsing of the synth bass marches the EP out of the industrial feel that haunts the entire collection.
Together these two New Yorkers have created a musical, avant-garde snapshot of their mutual city, or any urban area for that matter. The EP is a unique blend of fusion and electronic soundscapes, which both Noy and Peretz eloquently improvise through. It’s a notable approach towards fusion music and improvisation in the twenty-first century.