BY A.D. AMOROSI
Bassist/composer/tugboat captain Mike Watt is a friend and collaborator to Iggy Pop, Eddie Vedder, Thurston Moore and the legendary one-time membership of the Minutemen and fIREHOSE – the very toast of American-made punk skronk rock. Recently though Watt found himself in Italy playing improvisational gigs with flange-heavy guitarist Stefano Pilia and paradiddle king Andrea Belfi, Tasty, strange stuff to be sure.
This trio teaming is the fruits of their labor and the results are decidedly Ennio Morricone-esque, especially on the breezily dramatic and lengthy “Zoom” with Balfi’s airy wordless vocals and harmonica at the forefront of the hard-hot mix. There are touches too of Frank Zappa’s “Peaches en Regalia”-like largesse on “Partisan Song” and “Joyfuss.” For Watt-centric fans, his bass is a plodding fluid dream throughout the proceedings with “The Tiger Princess” adding itself to the catalog of tracks upon which Watt lends his weary wonky sailor’s rose and scuffed-leather vocals.
DOWNLOAD: “Zoom,” “The Tiger Princess”