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Mumpbeak Releases Debut Featuring Tony Levin, Bill Laswell, Lorenzo Feliciati and Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz

MumpbeakWhen keyboardist Ray Powell set out to fill out his project band Mumpbeak, he went straight to the top of prog rock royalty. Mumpbeak’s self-titled debut features drummer Pat Mastelotto and a host of talented bassists: Bill Laswell, Tony Levin, Lorenzo Feliciati, and Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz.

Described as “art by committee,” the project takes on shades of King Crimson, Yes and Gentle Giant with a darker, moodier vibe.

“Itʼs more elastic and thereʼs more humor in it than you would find in a really regimented, military prog band,” Laswell states.

The songs started with Powell, who plays a synth organ and a Hohner clavinet that he runs through effects to sound like a guitar. Powell then recruited Mastelotto to lay down drum parts. Blumenkranz laid down most of the bass tracks under the direction of Laswell who added his own touches to the songs as well.

Feliciati is featured playing fretless on “Nork” and Levin lays some serious low end for “Chain.”

For a taste of the record, check out the streaming track “Forelock”:

Mumpbeak is out now on CD, vinyl and digital formats (iTunes and Amazon MP3).

Mumpbeak Track List:

  1. Biscuit
  2. Forelock
  3. Monocle
  4. Nork
  5. Oak
  6. Chain
  7. Piehole