Review of Fraqx, by Frank Crijns and Jacq Palinckx, Creative Sources Recordings, 2017
Holland meets Portugal. Two Dutch guitarists Frank Crijns and Jacq Palinckx create an energy-intensive duo to built this highly improvised disc in a context free of all sorts of patterns. And they decided to produce the album with Creative Sources Recordings, a Portuguese independent record company with a catalog full of innovative and curious ideas.
The result is this Fraqx, a high-energy record, where noise and free jazz collide in an oiled and tested set, in a perfect balance of energy and subversive charge equally distributed between the two guitarists who compete between themselves looking for who is the most creative. Seven tracks, sometimes very short as Fraqx VII (only 8 seconds), sometimes more complex and built as Fraqx V (12.44). Seven tracks characterized by a very strong energy. The risk in this type of records is that the epic gives way to a constructive weakness and that the music falls into clichés already known also for those who frequent the world of experimental music. But this is not this case. Frank Crijns and Jacq Palinckx are two excellent partners and this record is an excellent result of their levels of understanding and inter-play.