Background/Info: Richmond Avant Improv Collective (RAIC) was set up in Richmond (USA) in late 2015. The ‘collective’ features multiple involved members.They already released several works since 2017.
Content: The name of the band clearly indicates what the sound and influences is all about. It’s pure improvisation mixing an impressive arsenal of instruments like electronics, drums, guitar, bass, violin, cello, saxophone, flute and banjo. The vocals are also used as an extra instrument, creating a sensation of ‘lamentations’.
+ + + : I first of all have to say a word about the great artwork of this album. There are only 100 copies of the CD, which has been packed in carbon box including files on, which you can find the title of the tracks, the lyrics, credits and acknowledgments. Sound-wise you definitely have to like improvisation and experimental music, but it makes me also think of free-jazz; it feels like a great jam session between jazz artists using different instruments than the ‘classical’ jazz equipment.
– – – : This kind of music – we might consider defining it as ‘music’, is clearly meant to catch the attention of a very restricted number of listeners and fans.
Conclusion: Improvisation always has something weird, even a bit ‘fast-food’ like. It’s a ‘unique’ experience in the true meaning of the word.
Best songs: “Early-Music Lamentations”, “Baptism”.