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Shining: In the Kingdom of Kitsch You Will Be a Monster


The Rune Grammofon label describes the Norwegian quartet Shining as “progressive artrockmonsterjazz.” But that tag is hardly expansive enough. On its third full-length, In the Kingdom of Kitsch You Will Be a Monster, the band evokes John Carpenter’s clunky synth scores (“The Smoking Dog”), Tom Waits’ junkyard ballads (“Perdurabo”) and King Crimson’s blackened prog-rock (“Goretex Weather Report”). Yet for all its cross-disciplinary energy-not to mention its aggressive digital editing-Monster is still a jazz record at heart. You can hear it in the French Quarter-ish reeds that slink through “Romani,” in the boplike rhythms that drive “REDRUM,” and in the ECM-style asceticism that turns “31=300=20 (It Is By Will Alone I Set My Mind in Motion)” into a series of ghostly washes.

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