Sid€show 2 continues in the same vein as its predecessor, with some notable changes. This record feels starker and colder than last year’s Side$how, and I like the continuity between these two albums.
“Icy tones. Especially of note here is de Mieulle’s bass tone. It’s a crunchy, biting tone, and this tonal aggression fits the darker mood of Sid€show 2. [...] The individual instruments seem to be working around one another, rather than together. This observation isn’t a complaint, though, as that approach is effective at enhancing the mood.” (The Elite Extremophile)
This second Sid€show concept album tells the story of a tormented Two-Headed Kid, a bellicose Giant Fly, and an adorable Dwarf Elephant.
The intermission act presents the classic crowd-pleaser Bed of Snails.
The two keyboardists alternate dreamy and nightmarish soundscapes over steady yet intricate drum/bass loops.
Four musicians improvising live arrangements of character pieces.
Another chapter in Louis' post-Canterbury neoclassical fusion.
Composed by Louis de Mieulle
Mixed and mastered by Chris Krasnow
Tracks 1,3,9,10 recorded at Wonderpark Studios (Brooklyn) by Chris Krasnow, assisted by Eva Lawitts
Tracks 2,4,5,6,7,8 recorded at The Arc (Queens) by Roy Boukris, assisted by Ron Warburg.
Cover art: "Evolution Gone Mad" (H.M. Duffin, 1940)
Produced by Louis de Mieulle
This is my brother Cas' tour-de-force album. A mammoth project pushing the limits of math-jazz fusion. A journey into Cas' psyche.
I also brought the tune "Stasis" aka "Mes Choux Gras" aka "Giant Fly" Louis "Louison" de Mieulle