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Oort Smog: Every Motherfucker is Your Brother (AKP)

The duo inhabits its own sound-world on its powerful sophomore album

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Oort Smog—the duo of saxophonist Patrick Shiroishi and drummer Mark Kimbrell—file their brand of explorative aggro-jazz under “brutal-prog,” a term the iconoclastic polymath Weasel Walter originally coined for his long-running group the Flying Luttenbachers. Shiroishi and Kimbrell’s sonic assault nods to the Luttenbachers’ breakneck rigor but it also expands into the kinds of blissed-out vistas and ritualistic probes navigated by Battle Trance and Little Women. 

Cover of Every Motherfucker Is Your Brother

While Oort Smog channels those aforementioned bands, the duo clearly inhabits its own sound-world on its powerful second effort, Every Motherfucker Is Your Brother. This single 29-minute composition is a stunning achievement. Shiroishi and Kimbrell have refined their craft since their shambolic 2019 debut Smeared Pulse Transfers. It’s a testament to their laser-eyed focus that spanned 18 months of writing and recording time, commenced during the pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests. 

The ever-mutating, multifaceted “Every Motherfucker…” morphs from the tranquil atmospheric landscapes of its first few minutes (envision a droning sci-fi jazz backdrop to Blade Runner) into ghostly, soaring sax blows and heavy-hitting, busy beats that propel the epic track toward another stratosphere. At the halfway mark, Shiroishi and Kimbrell switch gears again, settling into a groove laden with shifting time signatures that has the duo firing on all cylinders but with razor-sharp accuracy, and they don’t look back. The telepathic bond they share throughout is top-notch. 

Impeccably recorded inside the cavernous confines of L.A. venue Human Resources, Every Motherfucker Is Your Brother expresses a hopefulness and urgency made for these times.