It's a new year 'round these parts, which means we're ready for some new renditions of old traditions. That's right, dear readers: it's time once more to pull back the curtains of the Sleeping Village's dusty amphitheater and present another experience of the audiovisual persuasion.
If you're tuning in hoping for something bone-crushing or nausea-inducing, check back some other time. Hungary's Kajgūn, today's band in question, leans a little further into the lighter fare, offering a potent fusion of instrumental psych, jazz, and doom with a profoundly experimental character. If that doesn't sound unique enough, here's the real kicker: Kajgūn operate through complete and total improvisation. Their methodology results in some truly unexpected sights and sounds. It is spaced out, and trance-like, and as engrossing as you might hope it to be.
Today, we're happy and honored to present the music video for "Maorey Suh Raawb," the first track on Kajgūn's forthcoming album. Entitled Daogoad, this four-track project will be released on February 11th in both audio and visual form. Without further ado, check it out below! We'll catch ye, as always, on the other side.
Kajgūn present themselves as "a psychedelic jazz metal band playing totally improvised music with the goal to reformulate fusion jazz via the elements of metal and world music, putting an emphasis on beauty and coherence." While I am typically loathe to copy/paste directly from a press release, I feel as though they have hit the nail on the head in terms of the end result. This track--and the album as a whole--feels remarkably solid given its deliberately on-the-fly construction. The individual component parts click into place with the precision and confidence that only a group of musicians who are truly in sync can reliably muster. Filled the the brim with a delightful collection of instruments, the doomy jazz demonstrated herein is fluid and organic without feeling untethered, largely due to the strong percussive presence. Rather than embracing a "kitchen sink" approach, each element has a distinct place in the puzzle.
A particularly intriguing aspect of the video itself is the fact that, as per "Maorey Suh Raawb's" improvisational nature, they couldn't exactly film this retroactively. The footage is a one-take affair in the truest sense, and provides a pretty intriguing glimpse into Kajgūn's world. For lack of a better word, the entire concept and delivery system is...cool. Its really damn cool.
If this floats your boat, I recommend checking out the videos for "Ptahfraw Nowmuuz" and "Alaiyenna," which are currently available for your viewing pleasure on Kajgūn’s Youtube channel. As aforementioned, Daogoad drops February 11th, but there's significant material to enjoy in the meantime. Check an eye and ear out.
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