(All Album Reviews by ffroyd)
Just when it appeared that the duo of Pat Mastelotto and Markus Reuter were headed to more conventional waters with the Tuner project, they do a complete 180 and travel towards the deep end of the pool. Recorded while on tour in Estonia in October of 2007, Müüt is an excellent document of exploratory music with an abundant improvisational aspect. This is much different than the two studio albums; in fact, none of the material from those discs is covered here. For an idea of what this is like, think the ProjeKct fractalisations from King Crimson in the late 90s.
Highlights of the disc include the 13-minute “Tied In To A Phrase” which plods along very nicely; the kooky funk-flavored “On Bass” where a female narrator announces all of the bass players on the song; the title track showing off the duo at their most abstract; and “Imur” a beautiful ambient styled number that’s a variation on a track from the second album Pole.
The performances here are simply mind-bending. It’s hard to believe that all of the noise being made here is coming from just two players. This is the best disc yet from these guys.