I Know You Well Miss Clara - Chapter One

I Know You Well Miss Clara Chapter One cover
I Know You Well Miss Clara
Chapter One
MoonJune Records
I don’t know who Miss Clara is but this Indonesian newcomer seems to know her quite well! Their name is as strange as their music is! In fact, it made me wanna listen to it from the very first time I came across it.
Blending various elements from acts & artists like: Jimi Hendrix, Soft Machine, Matching Mole, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Miles Davis, Frank Zappa, Weather Report, Return to Forever, Chick Corea and so on, this Indonesian quartet are (getting) into something rather aspiring and progressive. Experimental with jazz-fusion improvisations on the one hand and prog rock (Canterbury scene), atmospheric, avant-garde & psychedelic on the other, I can definitely say that “Chapter One” has a lot to offer to the open-minded musicians & listeners. Obviously, IKWMC are crafting their own way by trying to expand their own boundaries through their music. It’s miraculous how good and prog, jazz-fusion music is and it’s coming from Indonesia. The US established label MoonJune records is actually giving a chance to all those bands to show their talents to the Western world… and that must be well-respected by all the music lovers of all music styles.
IKWMC tend to have long tracks. There are a couple of shorter ones (about 4 & 6 minus plus) but most of the songs are over 8 minutes long. The sound is very tight & full. I do not know if this is a “live recording” but the sound is very clear in general. The album was recorded at Kua Studio & Otakkanan Studio, Jogjakarta, Indonesia, mixed & mastered at DMU (Digital Music University, Surabaya, Indonesia) and produced by the band.
Certainly, we’re are not talking about an easy-listening or radio-friendly album but neither something that it would cause you “strokes” due to its complexity or the fast alteration of the music notes. IKWMC have embellished their music with melodic & atmospheric passages so as to make the whole listening procedure way more interesting and not tiresome. Furthermore, the saxophonist Nicholas Combe has also added a bit to that with his wonderful sax parts. I’d like to see how I Know You Well Miss Clara are gonna evolve through the years… cuz’ their debut release is very stimulating above all…