‘Melt Yourself Down’ by Melt Yourself Down (The Leaf Label)
This is not a jazz album, so purists look away. It includes some jazz sensibilities and jazz musicians but Peter Wareham’s new project and its eponymous album, Melt Yourself Down, is not jazz.
Pete Wareham – saxophones, Kushal Gaya – vocals, Shabaka Huchings - tenor saxophone, Tom Skinner – drums, Ruth Goller – bass, Satin Singh – percussion, Leafcutter John – electronics
I’ll not hide that I’m a big fan of Wareham’s work and that I have have followed his career avidly. I missed his emergence onto the scene by being too young, but when I was sixteen years old a fantastic teacher at my school lent me the F-IRE ctive and Babel Label compilation
chest-thumping bass, powerhouse drums, driving saxophones and howling vocals, t
chings before the drums, percussion and bass come crashing in and Wareham stakes us though some heavy riffage. All of this leads to a bouncing, percussion-heavy chorus topped off by the vocal chants of singer Kushal Gaya.
cussionist Satin Singh shows off his skill in this track with some intensely polyrhythmic playing.
Camel’ is another highlight. The tune opens with some earth-shattering bass and drums that build into a threatening swagger before a punchyClub shouting along with Kushal at the top of their lungs. This tune also lets loose the punk side of Melt Yourself Down, and by half way through Ruth Goller’s bass is snarling and growling and Tom Skinner is beating the drums to within an inch of their life.
This is a captivating album of danceable, violent, compelling music full of surprises, big riffs and heady improvisations. Wareham’s vision and the band’s energy are truly admirable. Once again, as he always seems to do, Peter Wareham has outdone himself.