"The group plays a ground breaking mix of psychedelic progressive rock, mesmerizing electronics, avant-garde classical and jazz improvisation. Effortlessly combines acoustic and electric instruments along with captivating vocals to deliver a fascinating set of adventurous musical pieces." - Progressive Rock Central
The fifth album by this adventurous improvising rock group. This time round an expanded 8 piece version of the band improvised in the studio for two days in October 2019. These live recordings were extensively reworked and arranged over the following months with the addition of composed vocal and instrumental material. The end result is the band’s most expansive and adventurous work to date, with a greater emphasis on improvisation not seen since the band’s first album – but the improvised elements are contrasted strongly with the rhythmic and lyrical passages where the voice and some tighter structures come to the fore.
“The large ensemble harnesses a hybrid patchwork of electro-acoustic textures that brings to mind the spacey explorations of Alice Coltrane, Terry Riley, Tangerine Dream, Can et al. Choirs, choppy strings, throbbing beats, dreamy vocals and snarling bass rise and soar into bold themes creating a diverse and thrilling listen.” - SID SMITH, PROG
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Neil Ardley was a transformative influence some 50 years ago, and there is still so much to learn from his incredible work. One of the very first to combine synthesizers with live instruments, jazz with elements of rock, classical themes with the avant garde. Stunning stuff, from a truly inspired innovator. peakway