“Niko Et La Berlue” the last album from Brussels’ Uské Orchestra is indeed a mixture of styles, but not in the Avant-Garde sense.
For here pop music styles are not referenced, wildly combined and rendered ridiculous. No, he rather assembles and stacks microscopic bits from all possible genres and styles to build teeming musical market places. Uské Orchestra shows a preference for acoustic sounds, recorded as is. Within seconds he change the mood, the instrument, the timbre and the arrangement. If there was ever an award for devious sound design, Uské Orchestra would be the clear winner.
Just imagine the sound track to The Matrix, performed by a hyperactive brass band from the Balkans or Mexico. Uské Orchestra’s music has gained the admiration of such well known artists as Mouse on Mars and Jamie Lidell, who remixed his song “Moli Herzog” from the last album on Ambivalence records.