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6×3 Reissue reviewed in SMH

John Shand writes: This was among the great Australian bands. If it was not the first to dare to dream non-American musical dreams – that had been...

John Shand writes:

This was among the great Australian bands. If it was not the first to dare to dream non-American musical dreams – that had been happening for three decades before this was recorded in 1988 – it did convey a unique sense of space and of how time unfolded in space. Rhythmic forms materialised and dematerialised in ways that stopped the material, penned by pianist Paul Grabowsky, being a slave to idiom. Returning to Melbourne after living in Munich, Grabowsky found ideal collaborators in bassist Gary Costello and drummer Allan Browne. Both could give the time a suspended feel, even while maintaining a pulse. Browne had an impossibly deft touch and positively radiated empathy, and Costello had a sound as snug as a pub with an open fire in winter, a keen sense of understatement, and the melodic ingenuity to provide spontaneous counterpoints to Grabowsky’s dazzling inventions. These were not the harsh neon dazzle of ego, but the oneiric shimmer of one whose imagination opened up the music rather than closing it down. An indispensable re-release.
4 1/2 stars

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/mumford–sons-and-browne-costello–grabowsky-reviewed-20150505-1mz530.html#ixzz3ZgSdnCBw


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