Godzilla Black - The Great Terror (Triple Jump Records)

What the fuck just happened?
Release Date: 
29 Sep 2013 - 11:30pm

As the final notes of The Blue Music (the final track on Godzilla Black's The Great Terror album) fade, I find myself rhetorically asking 'What just happened?' - such is the sense of wonderment I felt after listening to this release. It's incredible and words seem slightly inadequate.

Admittedly it's all over the place merging fuzzy, down tuned guitars with jazz, funk, horns and brass - they even throw in some creepy circus-like organs at times - and the saucy, grooving bass of Ben Thompson makes my trouser-area twitch wildly. You can't pin these fellows down as they leap from genre to genre like a nimble field mouse across many an ear of corn. At times it's ethereal, conjuring Brian Eno comparisons. At other times it goes on a John Zorn sax tangent. The guest vocals of Suki Osman on 16 are a joy. It's one of those albums that restores your faith in all things musical. I love having my jaded mind blown and Godzilla Black have done that with The Great Terror.

This entire album just flows perfectly from the opener Screaming Black and Blue (which is a lesson in psychotic brass) to the closer The Blue Music (a gorgeously elegantly track with an almost sighing vocal that wouldn't be out of place on the Twin Peaks soundtrack). It roams all over the place and I simply MUST see Godzilla Black in a live setting, if only to see how they'd pull this stuff off live. Dark and lovely - and I can't stop listening to it. Open your mind to this album; it's a true joy.

Brilliant, brilliant stuff.