Bart D. : Yeah! Now I know how many so-called metalheads are very suspicious when the word 'jazz' comes into play. What I also happen to know, is that these suspisions are hardly ever justified. It's like someone looking down on metal because of Cradle Of Filth and Rammstein: narrow-minded. The Japanese group Mouse On The Keys might be your moment to open up your mind to some excellent jazz-influenced music, just like I was taken totally by surprise by getting this sent to me from my Metal Chief.
This EP 'Sezession' is already from 2007, but is just now released in Europe. While we eagerly await the release around here of there full-length from 2009, 'An Anxious Object', we hereby have four songs that are a great introduction to their style. One drummer and two keyboardists build a wall of sound, sometimes jumpy, sometimes atmospheric, sometimes lyrical, sometimes hectic, and a fun listen all the time. No headache-jazz here. The guest-appearance of the saxophone is very pleasant as well. If you happen to be familiar with the later work of the Esbjörn Svensson Trio, you will have some kind of idea of what to expect: strongly song oriented and powerful music full of fresh ideas.