The leaders of the New Wave of Dutch Heavy Jazz (NWoDHJ) movement released a couple of tracks on Bandcamp in 2019.
‘Mankind’ is the last one. Dead Neanderthals sound there like those psychedelic drone bands at the end of the 1980s and early 1990s. Think Loop’s A Gilded Eternity meets Monster Magnet’s Tab.
The White Noise Studio in Winterswijk must have looked like a desert when Ethan Bokma, Otto Kokke and René Aquarius recorded this nearly 14-minute masterpiece.
Maybe because I’m re-reading the work of Timothy Morton, I find ‘Mankind’ to be an excellent soundtrack for the alienating effect that thinking of nature as the strange stranger has on me.
‘While crossing the desert by night, the neon lights of decades of psychedelic history catch up and try to seduce us with lush dancing and promises of alternative realities to strange to comprehend. The strange stranger is here.’
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