Tru West :: The Rise and Fall of the Eurojesters (Marmo Music)

Marmo Music has always had an attitude, a refusal to conform, a desire to go their own way. This means that their sound can be pretty challenging and The Rise and Fall of the Eurojesters is undeniably that. A testing 12”, but one which will ultimately leave many scratching their heads; it certainly left my scalp raw at times.

Marmo Music is not a typical electronic music label. It’s arguably not even an electronic music label. The Italian Collective, including names like Matteo Tagliavini, Herva and The Leftovers, sticks up the proverbial two fingers to the expected norms. Sounds and styles are pulled, tweaked and stretched to fit whatever shape is desired, the recent by Tru West, The Rise and Fall of the Eurojesters, being a good example of this.

Four tracks make up the 12” with some remix cameos coming from Herva and Marcello Napoletano. “Tru Children” is a wispy work. Nothing is solid, apart from a shrill and tinny beat. Behind this meager rhythm float samples, field recordings and bubbling bars. Herva’s interpretation of the track is stronger than the original. Drums are bolstered with thick double bass tethering the piece to an open minded floor. “Chasing The Loophole In A Relentless Spiral Of Self-indulgence” occupies the flip, a piece jammed out live at a Berlin gig in 2013. An unsettling portrait of breathy vocals, distant percussion and muted tones, that leads the listener into echoed shadows and formless shapes. Napoletano closes with his fragmented edit. Piano keys are ruptured, bleeding across those same faded rhythm patterns before industrial grade distortion is poured over all.

Marmo Music has always had an attitude, a refusal to conform, a desire to go their own way. This means that their sound can be pretty challenging and The Rise and Fall of the Eurojesters is undeniably that. A testing 12”, but one which will ultimately leave many scratching their heads; it certainly left my scalp raw at times.

The Rise and Fall of the Eurojesters is available on Marmo Music.

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