Anthony Pirog
Pocket Poem
Cuneiform, 2020

December 18, 2020

Pocket Poem is the second record of the Anthony Pirog trio.

Palo Colorado Dream, the first album of the trio formed by Anthony Pirog on guitar, Michael Formanek on bass and Ches Smith on drums, was released in 2014. On October 16 Cuneiform released Pocket Poem, the second record of the group.

        

    

Pirog is a versatile guitarist, at ease on both electric and acoustic guitars, and the record often sounds like a solo album, with multiple overdubbed guitars and no rhythm section. When the full trio enters the album, it consequently almost seems to explode, as you hear at about 1’27 “of” Dog Daze “. After an acoustic and bucolic introduction, the atmosphere becomes angry and the sound seems to be catapulted into the paranoid atmospheres of The Wall by Pink Floyd.

In other moments, the atmosphere recalls the sounds dear to Bill Frisell (“Adonna the Painter”) thus making the music particularly varied and original.
A beautiful, personal and particularly intriguing album.
(EM)

 

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