Enter Russia’s EXIT project, and you’ve tumbled into a fantastic loft party, where Buddhist bodhisattvas dance to swirling violin lines, where club-ready beats morph into evocative, freeform soundscapes. It’s like the Art Ensemble of Chicago and John Zorn invited The Orb over for a romp through the wild fields of bohemia.
With “LiveSplashes” (available on CD, free download and in 3plet format in App Store), EXIT project opens their world wide with a groove-based,globally inflected set that departs from the group’s previous experiments. It’s a vivid trip that chronicles several decades of Russian art music evolution, as well as the increasing interpenetration of genres from jazz to world music to EDM.
Part of an unsung Moscow scene and at the vanguard of a digital distribution revolution, EXIT project proves that openness and the willingness to accept radical change and unexpected solutions leads to hard-grooving musical bliss.
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…There are chills crawling up your spine at any number of qualities: masterful understatement, the potpourri of cohered influences, smooth experimentalism, progressive jazz-rock passages, you name it! There’s a definite Russo flavor accompanied by Slavic and other regional tones, but the lads stop at little, and more than once I thought “Damn! Hermeto Pascoal would love this stuff! … always centered in phantasmagoric vistas and subterranean intimations…
Mark S. Tucker review for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange