Mahavishnu Orchestra and Pantera had a baby and asked Miles Davis and Jimi
Hendrix to be its godparents – the resulting musical offspring would be Yumaflex. ON their latest release, drummer/producer Thomas Lang and acclaimed Austrian guitarist Conrad Schrenk offering up 11 tracks
of progressive instrumental music in an eclectic blend of styles ranging
from captivating Eastern-tinged melodies, to aggressive rock songs and soulful bluesy
tracks -- Yumaflex features lush production and performances from virtuoso
playing styles ranging from pop to Steve Vai and Frank Zappa – Schrenk’s is
hailed as one of Europe’s most accomplished guitarists – while Lang’s
ferocious, albeit technically pristine drumming has garnered global praise. The combination of composition
and performance maintain a sense of lightness and humor and make Yumaflex a
beautifuly inspiring and effortlessly listenable release with a subtle world music
element that adds an exotic feel to the music without being pretentious.
and Schrenk shared writing responsibilities for Yumaflex and the songs reflect both their eclectic musical tastes
and identities. The songs are full of complex rhythmic and melodic phrases, but
driven by muscular beats, powerful riffs, head-nodding hooks and intelligent
melodies. The complexity of the music is skillfully camouflaged by the sheer
compositional value of the songs. Schrenk’s guitar solos always strike the
perfect balance between rude display of technical command over his instrument,
and sophisticated musical genius in his choice of notes.
masterful playing shines on tracks like the intense, guitar-driven lead track, “Hindi Jimmy” while tracks like the
quirky, delicate Asian-inspired “Mantra”
showcase the diversity of Lang/Schrenk’s playing and the range of their musical
sensibilities – while the hard-driving “Sol Distorsionada” is a full-throttle
rocker with hooks that won’t quit.
Yumaflex is a passionate celebration of Lang &
Schrenk’s considerable talents with plenty of space for mind- bending guitar-
and drum solos in every song. Yumaflex is full of dynamic performances, subtle
nuances and a vulgar display of sheer technical command in a high-end production.
1. Hindi Jimmy
2. Maceo is a Fat Man
3. Impar Latine
6. Nippon 3
8. Sol Distorsionada
10. Still Got No Blues