There are very few bands who can afford to release an album that doesn't have a band or album title on the cover. Only Pink Floyd comes to mind spontaneously: on the original LPs “Atom Heart Mother”, “Meddle”, “Dark Side Of The Moon”, “The Wall” there are no references to which band it is.
The Swiss band Dubment already affords this luxury on their debut album of the same name "Dubment“(Echo Beach). On the cover, only a popcorn - I mean to see it - jumps towards us. Dubment are a very creative, experimental trio from Zug (Central Switzerland). About two years ago the trio also did a few gigs DUB SPENCER & TRANCE HILL on tour in Germany (Thanks for the tip, Masi!). It is really very exciting what the three guys are offering us: Dominik Zäch (git), Balz Muheim (dr), Linus Meier (bg). Even if minor cross-references to the Dub Trio, the Revolutionary Dub Warriors or of course DUB SPENCER & TRANCE HILL can be made out, have it Dubment managed to make their own Dub-Create cosmos. At Dub it's generally about creating space, while rock is to some extent about filling it. Master this balancing act Dubment virtuoso with elegant ease. The sound of the (only) five songs here alternates between somewhat harder rock passages, jazzy guitar runs and super relaxed ones Dub-Passages. The one who likes to experiment Dub-Band found each other at the Lucerne Jazz University. While jamming, the young, talented musicians realized pretty quickly that their shared passion for Jamaican / Caribbean music in combination with the boundlessness of jazz was the ideal breeding ground for their escalating in all directions Dub is. Even if you only hear bass, drums and guitar on the album, you never have the feeling that the complex sound is missing anything. Etienne Schorro was at the controls and mastered the beautiful mix of the band's sound engineer and producer Joschka Weiss. All titles were recorded live in the studio. Dubment basically throw all classic reggae principles overboard. Nevertheless, the trio manages to create spacey, exciting arrangements Dub-Effects, beautiful grooves and cleverly placed suspense, new ones Dub-Tap spheres. (As far as my review from April 26.04.2020th, XNUMX).
On June 05.06th Echo Beach has now released an extended version of the original. Nikolai Beverungen, the "Chief" at Echo Beach, has the recordings in the hands of Dubvisionist, who revised the originals again. The result are a few additional, short "Dub-Fugues ”, which in my opinion would not have been necessary to make the opus even more attractive. That means: the additional ones Dubs are solid, but no Dub-Fireworks. With this excellent starting material I would have expected a little more.
By the way, should be live Dubment how Hazer Baba also, be an impressive concert experience. It is questionable that the tracks on the album will sound the same live as they did here, because the trio's motto is and remains: Transformation and improvisation.