SLANG : : MORE TALK ABOUT LAST NIGHT

More Talk About Last Night (Terminus Records) is Dave Schools (Widespread Panic, Stockholm Syndrome) and Layng Martine III's second release under the Slang moniker. Following suite with their 2001 debut Bellwether Project, this dynamic duo has gathered some of the finest musicians available and put together a mix-matched, sonic excursion that touches down all over town. With Schools and Martine leading the charge and the core crew of drummer Matt Abts (Gov't Mule), keyboardist Ray Packzkowski (Trey Anastasio Band, Viperhouse) and guitarist/special effects master Knox Chandler teaming up with special guests like Vic Chesnutt, DJ Logic, Eric McFadden, and Jay Rodriguez (Groove Collective) it's easy to assume there's no one style that blankets this project. In fact, that's a great deal of what this album (and project) is all about: mixing styles and not being bound to any one genre.

With More Talk About Last Night we find some type of futuristic lounge music, but with too much push and too many tweaks to actually be called such. The deep drum loop, turntable scratches, and bumping bass of the opening track "Party For The Underdog" is reminiscent of Medeski Martin & Wood when they take the funky road and team up with Logic, while "Kite Theme" (track three) comes in with a pure rock guitar lick that escalates into the electronic world of samples and loops. "Escalator" finds a reworked vocal sample of Vic Chesnutt being wrapped around tasteful mandolin work by McFadden, creating one of the more accessible tracks on the album.

On "Two Blown Speakers and an Apron" the organ bleeps and clarinet washes mix well with the turntables and heavily produced drums, making for a jazzed-out, smoky vibe that should appeal to headphones listeners across the board. Just as Chesnutt's voice gives the less experienced listener a touching point on "Escalator," the vocal samples of Lori Carson found on "Time Is Now" and "Cold Winter's Day" allow for a much needed human element to enter this often cacophonous mind bender.

"When She's Gone" is one of the more ambitious tracks, with UFO sounds giving way to McFadden on nylon-string guitar and Packzkowski on the super funky Clavinet. Rounding out this almost danceable number is the baritone and tenor work or Rodriguez. "Good 'N Evil" again calls MMW to mind, while "What Happened" and "The Bitter Pills" are straight space ambience. The final track, "Charlie D (Remix)," brings us back to earth with a horn driven funk vibe and heavy Clav dumps that call for some dance moves to finally bust loose.

If you were a fan of Bellwether Project then More Talk About Last Night will certainly appeal as well. While not breaking as much ground as Bellwether (perhaps because it's four years later and the band is still working with a similar sound and idea), this is a great album for your next late night party. After the masses have left and your crew is getting intimate in the confines of your living room, this one should carry the weight.

The Kayceman
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[Published on: 9/8/04]

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