Album Review: Ranaldo/Jarmusch/Urselli/Pándi by Lee Ranaldo
Excellent, Based on 2 Critics
Exclaim - 80 Based on rating 8/10
John Zorn's longtime engineer, Marc Urselli, had the idea to bring together three musicians who have never worked together for a single day recording session in his New York studio. The resulting album finds Urselli teamimg up with ex-Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo, Hungarian session drum Balázs Pándi (Merzbow, Venetian Snares) and famed director/sometimes no wave musician Jim Jarmusch.
Recorded in the middle of a mid-Atlantic winter, and with song titles that reference Norse mythology ("Bergelmir," "Groa"), Lee Ranaldo/Jim ….
The music of Lee Ranaldo, Jim Jarmusch, Marc Urselli, and Balázs Pándi is a stroll through a city, any city, in the dead of night. Here, under the hazy shine of orange lights, familiar buildings and streets turn into strange monuments and viaducts. The air feels different too, sharper and more dangerous than in the daytime. Heavy machinery clunks and grinds somewhere in the distance, leaving canorous echoes behind.