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Jansen, Barbieri, Karn & Wilson: Bestial Cluster

Mick Karn was the master of creating bass lines that were somehow simple, angular, and melodic all at the same time. Check out this clip of Karn with Steve Jansen, Richard Barbieri, and Steve Wilson performing “Bestial Cluster” for 2 Meter Session on Dutch television.

Karn gets a gnarly distortion to lay down a fat and simple bass line before taking the lead with a melodic line. Check out the artificial harmonics he plays as fills while holding down the fort.