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Scenester Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Nauta, released on the Californian label Scenester, is the Italian instrumental band Caboto's first album, though members of the band have a fair amount of experience (and it shows), playing in a number of previous projects including Rose Island Road.

Nauta is a mélange of post-rock, prog-rock, math-rock, and modern jazz-fusion, ending up sounding similar to Tortoise. Caboto are skilled at making sure all songs don't sound the same, which is really nice considering some instrumental outfits often stick to one or two sound patterns throughout the duration of an entire album. To attest to this, the opener, "afterland", makes good use of what I think is a vibraphone as the lead instrument for the song, while "Take Off and Drift" makes more use of a more standard bass and keys, and "Samsa" and "Krill" feature a lot of great accordion-work, while "A Kind of Blue Baobab" features a trumpet with keys to create a much more jazzy affect, similar to Medeski Martin and Wood. "Beforeland", the closer, seems to bring all the sounds together, mixing just about all the instruments above mentioned in some sort of beneficially symbiotic relationship, like good improv (think the New Deal) might do.

No one instrument is overused on Nauta, though maybe a bit of accordion might seem a little misplaced here and there. All in all, Caboto's debut is definitely an impressive one.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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