Davenport's exponentially expanding discography is beginning to rival the absurdity of the notoriously profilic Acid Mothers Temple. With somewhere around 20 releases in the space of little more than a year, it's hard to know where to start (or if you should start in the first place).
'Marble Seed' consists of a single track, recorded live, presumably on the US tour which has yielded so many of the recordings on the recent releases. The fires were burning deep the night this was recorded. A violin is very prominent throughout, with percussion creating a locomotive groove. The first half wails and moans, but the group really took off in the second half. A guitar takes a central role, with a snakey, distorted line, meandering around the mix, bumbing the violin in and out of focus. This is one of those moments where the band is clicking and they've tapped directly into the energies that give this music purpose.
As much as I love Jyrk (also check out Behalf, God, D Yellow Swans and basically anything they ever involve themselves with), I wish this recording were seeing wider release. It's illustrates Davenport's prowess, and proves them to be able to stand toe to toe with the best. 9/10 -- Dick Baldwin (25 May, 2005)