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Placebo - Ish

by Uncivilized

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Finger snaps set a heavy tempo with a snarky lead line dropping us into a swamped-out, laconic main theme that rolls into a waltz bridge and on to a shuttering outro, leading us back into the slinky line which began it all. A new jaunt into the unknown of this experimental, Eastern-tinged, Gothic Americana.
Lobbies 02:11
Ever so slightly faster than track 1, there is a pep to this number, tempered by some towering harmonies and a near-bossa-nova languid bridge which takes off into a driving progression with a rather free-form denouement.
Pillars of notes—baren but steel—stilting things towards un-jazziness, dropping down to D drone with primeval references or maybe even Nina Simone’s version of “Little Girl Blue”.
One Cow 02:29
An urban pastoral for the broken-hearted: end-of-world anthemics from the everyday. Unadulterated doom-jazz for a crying planet.
Outré Danse 01:16
A brisker sound vignette; noir but pushing forth into forlorn retro-future of dust-filled sorrow. Dance we must!
Heavy. Light. Limpid. Psychedelic elevator music bathed in effervescent ethers of scientific seance.
Sad - Joy 02:08
Who said cowboys’ can’t cry? Barnyard swerved up the jumbotron.
Tonescraper. Jimmy Page built a building with Zaha Hadid and Fox News tore it down.
Demi-pop soft sweets of pedaled slow play on top of a shuffle turned mad at the outlet.


A nine-track, digital-only album of instrumental guitar tracks (the debut solo album from the freak-folk-jazz entity Uncivilized) featuring all new original material except for a rumble into the traditional carol “Good King Wenceslas”. Releasing on New Year’s Eve 2019, the collection further captures Uncivilized’s lo-fi, raw-jazz ethos in rare, pared down, guitar soli arrangements—melodies, harmonies, and rhythms in tact, coming alive through the artist’s unamplified hollowbody archtop guitar. They’ve been relatively dormant this year, but Uncivilized surprises us again with a last-minute catalog of new material from 2019. (Are all the year end lists closed? Is this Jazz? Who needs lyrics anyways?)

— Uncivilized: we/they/us

Zach Phillips (OSR, Blanche Blanche Blanche, Maher Balal Hash Baz, et al.) on "Placebo - Ish":

"Being at all times an 'on-faith' listener and an unwashed visitor to jazz's temples, I will not dwell on the referentiality or embeddedness of my friend Tom Csatari's music within a cultural context said to envelop it, or to which it would provide an exception. what is clear is that Tommy's relationship to his instrument has deepened, and through
the many large developments in his recent life, become clarified and more stringent in its economy of form, representation and dissemination. these voicings feel "wide": hailing an enlarged landscape, whose navigational monad (music's "hero") appears slimmer, slighter, scrappier, picking battles (which could include smelling a leaf) more choosily. actually, for a musician like Tommy the same tasks take on their exigence regardless of the formal circumstances of a given piece. to levy further claims I would have to analyze the music; facially, it invites a closer look, bandying about its inter-pretability (c.f. Jazz context) only to discard it with musicianly glee as in the ending of 'Swirlo-Pathic.' Tommy should make 500 of these. to be more specific, they evoke, for me, a calendar."


released December 31, 2019

Recorded, mixed and mastered on 21 December 2019 with Soundation, a free direct-to-cloud, browser recording interface on Google Chrome with a 1955 Kay/Silvertone Aristocrat Archtop Hollowbody guitar—without plectrum.

A public domain image of Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill’s house (a formerly abandoned cement factory).


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“UNCIV” is short for “Uncivilized”.

UNCIV MUSIC is the syndication entity aimed at spreading the word about the music, concepts and action behind “Uncivilized”. What is beyond? info@unciv.org

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