Komara: Komara

Eclectic outing from Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto.

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Since joining King Crimson in the mid-90s, Pat Mastelotto’s incisive grasp of sampling and electronica has given him a powerful, inventive role not only in the parent group but also within Crimson’s numerous offshoots and side projeKcts.

A restlessly open-minded experimentalist, he’s also a serial collaborator. His latest exploration involves Slovakian guitarist David Kollar and Italian trumpeter Paolo Raineri. Initially collaborating online, the trio eventually got together for a series of gigs and a day-long studio session. The results are spiky, provocative excursions that sweep up melodic fragments, opaque harmonic residue and urgent, clamorous beats along the way. Their sound is daring, heavy and frequently brutal. Between the non-stop broil and sonic fermentation, Raineri’s ethereal lines conjure achingly tender themes. Gracefully trailing across the harsher contours of Kollar’s craggily abstract six-stringed jousting and Mastelotto’s unconstrained juggernaut grooves, Raineri’s brass radiates warmth and magical lustre. Shifting between convulsive rock-outs and weightless ethno‑space jams, this is a bold and satisfying collaboration.

Sid Smith

Sid's feature articles and reviews have appeared in numerous publications including Prog, Classic Rock, Record Collector, Q, Mojo and Uncut. A full-time freelance writer with hundreds of sleevenotes and essays for both indie and major record labels to his credit, his book, In The Court Of King Crimson, an acclaimed biography of King Crimson, was substantially revised and expanded in 2019 to coincide with the band’s 50th Anniversary. Alongside appearances on radio and TV, he has lectured on jazz and progressive music in the UK and Europe.  

A resident of Whitley Bay in north-east England, he spends far too much time posting photographs of LPs he's listening to on Twitter and Facebook.