Hisko Detria are a Finnish four piece band, whose debut album Mal Du Siècle is being released by none other than Svart Records. As seems to be the case with Svart, there's no stopping their desire to house the most eclectic bunch of artists on their roster, and Hisko Detria certainly fit the bill. Featuring just four lengthy tracks, Mal Du Siècle dips into free-jazz, krautrock, and prog, the band featuring guitar/vocals, bass, drums, and synth as the main architects. "Vitamin E" starts off as a bizarre journey into Miles Davis' On the Corner era funk/fusion before morphing into a complete krautrock-ian freakout complete with bubbling synths and scorching guitar, while "Cul de Sac / Secret Sound" takes a more pedestrian approach into psych & folk waters. The noisy, garage-funk of "Schlager Unter Staatssreich" follows, a miasma of metallic guitar shards and heavy grooves, and the 19-minute "Sugar Hills" closes out the show, an epic slow builder that drifts along endlessly before some wild free-jazz and electronica closes things out in chaotic fashion.
Though I get that Hisko Detria want to find their own niche and don't want to be lumped into any one classification, but much of Mal Du Siècle is simply too disjointed and just all over the place. They are most successful on material such as "Vitamin E", showing some serious funk & jazz chops mixed with their obvious love for krautrock. I'd love to hear more in that vein, but unfortunately a lot of what we get here is easily forgettable.
1) Vitamin E
2) Cul de Sac / Secret Sound
3) Schlager Unter Staatssreich
4) Sugar Hills