Black Taj's second full-length, Beyonder,
considers again how to make classic rock sound new. Beyonder also
answers any lingering questions surrounding Black Taj's rock pedigree.
Black Taj's ability to negotiate a variety of classic rock styles, the
genres and conventions that form the foundation for so much of the music
of the late 1960s and early 1970s, evidences the musicianship that fans
of Polvo and Idyll Swords are already well familiar.
"Move Me," "Cold Comfort" and "L.A. Shift" are the clearest
indicators Black Taj has yet provided of Popson and Brylawski's shared
past in Polvo. "Fresh Air Traverse" and "Only for a Moment" sound like Disraeli
Gears-era Cream-when Clapton's vocals were at their most affected
and polyrhythmic exchanges between guitar and Ginger Baker's kinetic
percussion recalled the psych-prog experimentation of their art rock
contemporaries in Soft Machine. "Cold Comfort" and "Little Child/Idyll
Hill" offer examples of Black Taj's most brutal live jams, as does the
direct-to-tape version of "Spacewash" included here.
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