PRIMUS – Primus & the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble
Strangeness has been a constant in this trio’s career. Primus from the United States, an oddball act content to march alone, melding funk, punk, and alternative rock into their own sound. "Primus & the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble" is another of those experimental records, consisting more of loops, sound effects, and alternate noise parts put forth in a semi-conceptual context. Based on the Willy Wonka story, everything from bass that mirror’s cow noises to bell sounds and repetitive, odd melodies makes even "Candy Man" or "Golden Ticket" rough sailing beyond a single pass.
Les, Larry, and Tim move beyond cheese and pork soda into chocolate – but this tastes mighty sour and not bittersweet. 40 minutes that’s tough to get back.