CD Review: Raw Fish, Crudo

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Raw Fish, the Amsterdam-based duo comprising Danish guitarist Teis Semey and Italian drummer Giovanni Iacovella, have unleashed their debut mini-album, “Crudo,” and it’s an enthralling unconventional musical odyssey that resists easy categorization. Describing their sound as “Improvised Indie Rock in a Spaceship,” Raw Fish seamlessly intertwines punk, indie rock, and improvised music into a spellbinding sonic tapestry.

Born out of a chaotic and what was described by the band as “uncooked” debut show, Raw Fish’s inception was as unorthodox as their music. The duo’s performances are said to leave audiences in a state of bewilderment, with reactions ranging from “insane” to “what the hell was that!” as they immerse themselves in a frenzy of button-smashing, kick-drumming, and string-pulling. It’s this raw energy and willingness to push boundaries that make Raw Fish’s music so captivating.

“Crudo” is a collaborative masterwork, featuring an array of talented guest musicians who elevate the album to euphoric heights. Italian singer-songwriter Marta Arpini lends adds a calming voice to thhe proceedings, while the renowned David Binney and Nicoló Ricci contribute, as the band describe “laptop-crashing” saxophone solos. Federico Calcagno’s bass clarinet adds another layer of richness to the already sumptuous sonic palette.

Raw Fish’s “Crudo” takes listeners on a captivating sonic journey, seamlessly blending genres and styles in a way that defies conventions. The album kicks off with the high-energy “Stroganina,” a punk-rock banger that fuses distorted guitars and pummeling drums, setting the tone for the unconventional odyssey that lies ahead.

The sonic adventure continues with “Sea Sausage,” a track that showcases the band’s ability to seamlessly blend disparate elements. Featuring saxophonist David Binney, the song masterfully combines hip-hop beats with Iacovella’s intricate open-time rhythms, culminating in a face-melting solo section that will leave listeners in awe.

One of the standout moments on the album is “Carpaccio Martini,” which features the enchanting presence of Marta Arpini adding vocals that add a layer of emotional depth that resonates long after the final notes fade away.

The album’s longest track, “It Was Nice To Get To Know You,” is a masterpiece that showcases Raw Fish’s ability to blend dissonance and melody in a way that is both challenging and deeply moving. Arpini’s lyrics drift between dissonant melodies, while Iacovella provides a powerful undercurrent that adds to the track’s emotional intensity.

The album concludes with “Do Sardines Come From Sardinia,” a compelling and off-kilter track that showcases Raw Fish’s fearless approach to experimentation. Featuring a gut-punching saxophone performance by Nicoló Ricci, the track is a tour de force that will leave listeners reaching for the repeat button, eager to experience the album’s unconventional brilliance all over again.

Overall, “Crudo” is a testament to Raw Fish’s ability to push boundaries and create music that defies easy categorization. With each track, the band showcases their unique blend of genres and fearless approach to improvisation, solidifying their position as a force to be reckoned with in the Amsterdam underground scene and beyond.

Teis Semey, guitar | Giovanni Iacovella, drums | Nicoló Ricci, saxophone | David Binney, saxophone | Marta Arpini, vocals | Federico Calcagno, bass clarinet

Track list:
1. Stroganina | 2. Interlude | 3. Funeral (revised, again) | 4. Sea Sausage (feat. David Binney) | 5. Carpaccio Martini (feat. Marta Arpini and Federico Calcagno) | 6. Cevichería | 7. It Was Nice To Get To Know You (feat. Marta Arpini) | 8. Do Sardines Come From Sardinia? (feat. Nicoló Ricci)

Release Date: 26 April, 2024
Format: CD | Streaming
Label: Loumi Records

Last modified: May 16, 2024