Volcanic Tongue Catalogue

Mats Gustafsson & Yoshimi
Words On The Floor

Smalltown Superjazz STSJ-114


Duo set from eviscerating European free-punk saxophonist Mats Gustafsson and Yoshimi of The Boredoms with a great avant-prog feel that is somewhere between Joan La Barbara, Univers Zero, Jeanne Lee/Jimmy Lyons and those early Amy Sheffer discs. Which means it works a whole other form of subtle magic than you might expect from the previous lung-feats of these too. Not to say that at points they don't tear each other heads off and dribble down their throats. It's just that between there and here there's a whole lot of evocative mystery that is pitched towards the more liminal vectors of your brain, resulting in long passages of sustained, barely-there eeriness. Which is more than great. Gustafsson plays slide sax, tenor sax, baritone sax, alto fluteophone and electronics, Yoshimi plays voice and electronics.

Mats Gustafsson
Mat G Plays Duke E

Qbico Epsilon

One-Sided Art Edition LP

One-sided art edition LP in a run of 99 copies, because of the handmade nature the corners are slightly dented. This one presents a bunch of disparate – and often barely recognisable - approaches to the work of Duke Ellington by powerhouse saxophonist Mats Gustafsson that range from soft, melodic re-thinks that squeeze spectral nuance from elastic melodic fragments through overloaded electronic assaults, the sound of syncopated valves and all-our grunt/thunder aggression. Gustafsson plays tenor sax and live electronics.

Mats Gustafsson

Utech URLP-072


Stunning new LP/CD set from free European saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, dedicated to the memory of his late mentor the saxophonist Bengt Nordstrom: Nordstrom is best known for producing Albert Ayler’s first recording, Something Different!!!!!!, and he was also a talented saxophonist, playing solo free improvised saxophone as early as 1962.  For Bengt, Gustafsson moves to a plastic Grafton alto sax, the same one favoured by Nordstrom, making this a unique entry in his back catalogue. The sound is breathy, muted, with a soft muffled tone that sounds at points like Frank Lowe or Marion Brown and Gustafsson’s playing is oddly lyrical, ripping through staggered scales and sounding single note fanfares in a way that is utterly compulsive. The rigour is still there, the deconstructive vision, but this one feels somehow more affirmative, a classic solo record in the mode of Braxton’s For Alto and Kaoru Abe’s Live At Gaya series. On white vinyl in an edition of 500 copies with a bonus CD edition of the album bundled alongside it. Highly recommended!

Only The Devil Has No Dreams

Jazzwerkstatt 013


Massive trio set from three of the heaviest modern reedists: Peter Brotzmann, Mats Gustafsson and Ken Vandermark: recorded live in Berlin in 2007, the set sees Brotzmann on tenor and alto sax as well as tarogato and b-flat clarinet, Gustafsson on baritone sax, fluteophone and slide-sax and Vandermark on tenor sax, baritone and b-flat clarinet. The music is oddly affecting, with the lack of any accompanying rhythm instruments giving it a loose, organic feel and an odd orchestral grandeur. Brotzmann plays with that mile-wide vibrato that became so distinctive later in his life and his soloing is particularly beautiful here, recalling the pained blues of Never Too Late But Always Too Early. Gustafsson and Vandermark are super inventive, and at points they push the music into a weird almost-Moondog style avant classical realm. But when the three players are blasting on all cylinders it feels like the heavy metal hallelujah choir blowing open the gates of heaven. Packaged with the jewel case inside a card slipcase, this is a beauty, recommended!

Mats Gustafsson & Thurston Moore
Vi Ar Alla Guds Slavar

Otoroku ROKU-07


Killer live set from Thurston and Mats in an edition of 1000 copies: recorded live at London’s Cafe Oto, Vi Ar Alla... takes of where Thurston’s signal recording with Don Dietrich and Jim Sauter, Barefoot In The Head, left off, with Mats using reeds and electronics to demolish Thurston’s wild, bass heavy divebombs. Indeed, the pair get into some major gravity-defying/gridlocked drone work, with the sound of overloaded amplifiers and air raid tones giving way to long passages of lyrical feedback and levitating horns. On 180g vinyl.