Philly duo Writhing Squares (Kevin Nickles [sax, flute, synth] & Daniel Provenzano [bass, vocals]) release new double album Chart for the Solution on March 26th via Trouble in Mind. Opening cut “Rogue Moon” gives you a good idea of what they’re about — an 11-minute jam that incorporates psych, jazz, krautrock, punk, prog and more across one-chord jam. If you’re a fan of Suicide and Hawkwind you’ll dig this. The cover art is pretty sweet too. Can’t wait to hear the rest of the album.

Over the course of “Chart For The Solution”s four sides, Nickles & Provenzano utilize the extended format to stretch out & settle into a groove all their own. From the relentless synth pulse of opener “Rogue Moon”, thru the aggro-throb of “Geisterwaltz” & four-on-the-floor scree of “Ganymede”, The Squares have no mercy for your weary ears. After a brief, (slightly) mellow respite thru three tunes (“The Abyss Is Never Brighter”/”A Chorus of Electrons”/”The Library”), the band ratchets up the intensity with the cacophonous clatter of “NFU” (featuring Philly legend “Harmonica” Dan Balcer Ripping thru runs on his harp) leading right into the album’s centerpiece; all of Side Three’s “The Pillars”, a near-nineteen minute epic suite that launches the listener straight into the maw of a black hole & thru the other side.

Side Four closes out “Chart For The Solution” starting with the slinky stomp of “North Side of The Sky” into “Resurrect Dead On Planet Whatever”s unsettling, cosmic-funeral dirge.

Fittingly, “Epilogue” closes out the album, with Nickles’ sax dive bombing around Provenzano’s bass throb like an alien interpretation of “Funhouse” howling anarchy, augmented by live drums by John Schoemaker & organ by Alex Ward. “Chart For The Solution” really is a Zone, & the perfect auditory cleanser to scrub away the stain of the previous year. 

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The Writhing Squares are Kevin Nickles and Daniel Provenzano. Two piece psych explorations constructed out of bass, sax, drum machine and a few more things. :
Kevin Nickles: Sax, Flute, Clarinet, Synth, Vocals
Daniel Provenzano: Bass, Synth, Percussion, Vocals

“Harmonica” Dan Balcer: Harmonica on “NFU”
John Schoemaker: Drums on “Epilogue”
Alex Ward: Organ on “Epilogue”

releases March 26th, 2021

All songs written by Writhing Squares except for “NFU”

 

 

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