A Combination of Things
A gorgeous piano melody swings on the backdrop of repeating string chords, the violins singing gently while the track begins to take shape. The drums begin, and it's a relief to know it's not over the top. The dancing rhythm plus the beautiful music gives an experience of refreshing zest which improves any experience. Space age style additives give an edge of the modern era and the use of traditional instrument sounds makes it instantly accessible to all.
A sudden break and a jump into something with a definitive tangent to the previous track, a jazz sensation is used to wrap up the beat which takes a primary position. Head bopping and doing your jobs to the time of the music is second nature when this sort of thing is playing, some reverberated melody with more interesting twinkling pianos and strings pushes us back into the zone of the album. The funky interlude sits in the background, waiting for the next moment to inject its adjacent energy.
Sombre tones reveal a darker side to this album, the familiar key strokes of the pianist's hands take on a coating of melancholy and the pace slows to a crawl, retrospective sounds and introspective prompts twist together in a string of heady colour. It feels as if the album progresses into experimental realms, with progressive music it usually transmutes the pace and energy, and this is the case but it feels like a negative image of what we may be used to. The pushing away from the normal expectations of flow and feel makes it captivating and wallowing. Like a pool of murky waters, with elemental beings beckoning us into its reflective quality, the album throws a few wild cards in our direction.
Interesting waves of sonic play replace the original happy and upbeat sensations. The original feel is pushed aside, and when the pace revives itself, a distortion rips the rules up and forms a sludge of sound that spills into view. It's short lived, and it served to wake up the listener for the next piece. After such a drawn out and thoughtful track, it was a good idea to magnify the intensity. Loose and clear composition makes another appearance, and it was worthwhile because the album needed to flow back in order to make sense.
A true combination of things, and all from the same root much like the album cover, it's not got a sing-a-long element and it doesn't try to addict us, but it feels great to have on in the background. Listening to it up close works too, there's enough there to keep the brain busy but it doesn't make an effort to reach out and poke us in the ear.