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Lorraine Carpenter, Cult#Mtl, August 1, 2015
Saturday, August 1, 2015 Press

This Montréal drummer/composer is well known to followers of the local experimental/improvv and punk/rock scenes, having played with the Nils, Bionic and Detention — he’s currently a member of La Dauphine and plays solo (with drum machine) as MACHEEN. But The Squiggle Game (released online back in March) is a largely instrumental exercise, featuring MacSween (samples, programming, keys, drums, percussion), Corinne René (percussion), Nicolas Caloia (contrabass, keys) and Sam Shalabi (guitar). It’s esoteric, but not entirely without melody, coherent rhythms, beginnings, middles and ends. MacSween & co. really trigger the imagination as they bob and weave and lock in to intense vamps, and the loose, unsettling moments only add colour to a vivid picture. (7.5 / 10)

MacSween & co. really trigger the imagination as they bob and weave and lock in to intense vamps, and the loose, unsettling moments only add colour to a vivid picture.

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