Were it not for the occasional slurry hiss of scratched and warped vinyl, you could be forgiven for believing that Skalpel were a "real" jazz band. Instead, it's a just duo, and a non-instrumental one at that. Poland's Marcin Cichy and Igor Pudlo spent years boning up on Eastern European jazz, eventually massaging their vast record collections into collaged-together jams like those on their self-titled debut. Unlike more razor-happy recombinant artists, Skalpel stress a sense of naturalism, with loping bass/drum/piano grooves beneath dense horn parts and extended solo passages; occasional snippets of voice, marked with the telltale nasal accent of vintage records, serve to break the illusion, bringing the hall of mirrors back into impressively clear focus.
By Louis Pattison on 10.21.14 in News
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By Garrett Kamps on 10.20.14 in Reviews
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By Andrew Parks on 08.12.14 in Features
Digging in to the real-life stories behind FaltyDL's consistently inconsistent back catalog.