Group Inerane / Flower-Corsano Duo - Kinning Park Complex, Glasgow, Fri 2 Dec
- Stewart Smith
- 9 December 2011
Two of the most transcendent groups on earth in a Victorian artists’ studio
This was always going to be special: two of the most transcendent groups on earth in the bohemian environs of a Victorian school building turned artists’ studio. The diverse crowd is not left disappointed. Mick Flower and Chris Corsano mesmerise with a blissful set of psychedelic drift and clatter. Corsano’s avant-punk take on free jazz drumming pushes the music in multiple directions. At one point he even breaks into a thumping four-four stomp, while Yorkshire drone-wizard Flower conjures buzzing drones and wild mercury ragas from his shaahi baaja, a modified electric dulcimer.
Taking to the stage in traditional Tuareg turbans and tunics, Niger’s Group Inerane are an immediately striking presence. Shorn of label Sublime Frequencies’ trademark in-the-red production style, the band sound less raw than on record. But this clarity only intensifies the power of their uncoiling riffs and ecstatic rhythms. Leader Bib Ahmed pulls Hendrix moves, playing the guitar behind his head without fluffing a note, while fellow axesmith Koudede and bassist Abdulai Sidi Mohamed maintain a subtly inflected groove that gains momentum with every repetition and build-up. Their secret weapon is drummer Mohamed Atchinguel, working polyrhythmic fills and funky off-beats around a rock-solid centre. The urge to dance is irresistible. Corsano calls Inerane the greatest band in the world. On this form, it’s hard to argue.