DJust when you thought there was nothing more you could do with just piano, bass and drums, here comes Kiwi pianist Aron Ottignon and his band Aronas to confound expectations.
Like The Necks, In the Country and EST, Aronas have found new ways to reinvent acoustic music, adding extra percussion and effects in an unstable, sometimes explosive mix.
Ottignon's partnership with bassist/co-producer David Symes has the riffing power of a heavy metal backline.
Add to this drummer Evan Mannell's slamming beats and Josh Green (percussion) and/or David Hibbard (drums) and you have a very original group sound and feel.
Symes contributes two powerful tunes - The Splits and Triangle Treasure - while Ottignon demonstrates his compositional flair on the repetitive You Little Beauty, the tricksy Happy Song and the ingenious title track.
There's nothing small about Aronas. They make big gestures, fat sounds and monster grooves, with a youthful energy that's yoked to genuine musical ability.