The improv of the perverse.
The improv of the perverse. Gabriel C. Herbertson

Hound Dog Taylor's Hand, "Look Up and Let Go" (Planned Obsolescence Recording & Novelty Inc.)

Now bolstered by the artfully robust trumpet playing of Greg Kelley, Seattle improv-music vets Hound Dog Taylor's Hand return with their second LP of jazz-rock thorniness. The follow-up to 2016's Hound Dog Taylor's Hand, this similarly titled record features seven roiling, riveting instrumentals and a cover of Wire's ominous "You Can't Leave Now" (off the legendary British group's 2003 album, Send). "The Vulgar Ideal" is probably HDTH's most flamboyantly rocking number ever, its exciting, stop-start torque, heavy fieriness, and Jeffery Taylor's flagrant wah-wah abuse flinging it into Stooges/Sonic Youth territory—notwithstanding Kelley's wild solo at the end. That one would be my choice for the first single.

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However, the actual lead track, "Look Up and Let Go," is fantastic, too. John Seman's stealthy contrabass line sets an intriguing tone, as a stark, menacing procession commences (thanks to Mark Ostrowski's superbly disciplined beats), conjuring a spine-tingling, Lynchian uneasiness. The song gradually rustles up some elegant chaos before downshifting into a beautifully somber denouement. It's an incredible display of dynamics and tension. Check it out after the jump.

Hound Dog Taylor's Hand perform the Playback: Seattle Public Library Showcase Monday, October 28, at the Royal Room with Lori Goldston. The HDTH album release show happens Friday, November 1 at the Blue Moon Tavern.