Fire! Orchestra
Enter!


4.0
excellent

Review

by Greg Fisher STAFF
June 15th, 2014 | 32 replies | 5,224 views


Release Date: 05/26/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Rekindling the fire.

Fire! Orchestra are all about contradictions, contrasting madness with tunefulness and the monumental scope with the moments of minimalistic improvisation. This big band comprised of 28 Swedish musicians made a name for themselves last year with Exit!, the debut that stretched out the boundaries of free jazz, taking inspiration from a wide variety of music styles. The effect was a discordant blast of an album that defied expectations with its potent mash-up of noise and cacophony set against a distinctly melodious backdrop. Enter! is a logical continuation of this musical path, elaborating on the free jazz style with an enlarged spectrum of musical influences. The apocalyptic crescendos and trance-inducing rhythms finely blend with the free jazz elements. Yet, there's also plenty of soul intimacy and rock swagger on display this time around, which makes Enter! into an even more genre-bending offering than its predecessor.

The songwriting is dictated by movements that patiently progress in post-rock fashion. The big band's conductor Mats Gustafsson is in perfect control of every sound, lending the music guidance and discipline. Still, there's room for unhinged moments of madness that are not only reflected in the dissonant arrangement of saxophones and trumpets constantly building up and dissolving into chaos, but also in vocal performances delivered by three singers who boast vastly different techniques. The vocal palette encompasses delicate soprano one moment and guttural screeching that's utterly unsettling the next. These diverse vocals are instrumental in shaping up a distinct spiritual dimension in which the album exists.

Even though 52-minute long Enter! feels very much like one multifaceted composition, it has been awkwardly divided into two parts. The first one is way more engrossing, showcasing the big band's knack for blending numerous potentially dissimilar styles to dazzling effect. Swiftly advancing through a serene art-pop intro, a crazed theatrical mid-section and a blissful rock freak-out based on a formidable bass groove and swift tribal drumming, the piece overflows with genuine passion, and a sense of pay-off that's been absent from experimental jazz music recently. Regrettably the album loses some steam later on. The tight song craft gives way to the abstract musical forms of 'Part 2' which ranges from intriguing to downright terrifying, yet never quite reaches the emotional resonance of the ensemble's most alluring work.

Enter! rekindles its strength with the last segment, though. In its final 9 minutes the album reshapes its apocalyptic visions into something much more hopeful. This lushly orchestrated piece may capture the band in their most conventional mode, but its intensity built around poignant vocals and mounting tension is in a class by itself. The result is an anthem that's at once powerfully emotive and deeply inspiring. “Underneath the water it feels like inside the womb,” the vocalists proclaim in unison in the track's finale. It's the rebirth of human spirit.




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Calc
June 15th 2014



12133 Comments


If I hated the last one would I like this one?

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greg84
Staff Reviewer
June 15th 2014



7361 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No. I don't think so.

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Calc
June 15th 2014



12133 Comments


grrrrrrr.......

Underflow
June 15th 2014



2554 Comments


Sweet! Was hoping these guys would return.

ShitsofRain
June 15th 2014



5854 Comments


how can u hate exit!?

treeqt.
June 15th 2014



9704 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

reported tbh

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SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
June 15th 2014



4409 Comments


I'll check this out some time, this song is really good. I thought exit! was a pretty rough listen as well, but I started to 'get it' in time. Very nice work, Greg. You've really been going outside of your comfort zones lately.

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treeqt.
June 15th 2014



9704 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

if you listened to exit! this should be really accessible no matter whether you liked exit! or not

Calc
June 15th 2014



12133 Comments


so I might like it?

treeqt.
June 15th 2014



9704 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

you might
there's obviously no guarantee though

Calc
June 15th 2014



12133 Comments


well it's more hope than what greg is tellin me, I'll try it then.

Phlegm
June 15th 2014



4323 Comments


:O really gotta check this

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greg84
Staff Reviewer
June 15th 2014



7361 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Some segments on this are definitely more accessible than Fire!, but then again there are other moments that are badshit crazy.

North0House2
June 15th 2014



5848 Comments


Love this outfit. I'll have to give this a listen. Exit! ruled.

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
June 15th 2014



10064 Comments


This is a fantastic review, really. You've been becoming a better and better writer, man- proud of you.

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LordePots
June 15th 2014



6533 Comments


havent even listened yet and i know this will be in my top 10 of the year

Cygnatti
June 15th 2014



21350 Comments


Can't get into exit the last times I tried. Need to revisit it. :/

LordePots
June 15th 2014



6533 Comments


but it was like the 3rd best album of last year

SpritzSpritz
June 16th 2014



528 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is as incredible as exit. biggest surprise this year.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
June 16th 2014



7361 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks a bunch, Jacob.

I'm sure you'll love it, Pots.



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