John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

March 3, 2021 / Album Reviews

TILTED (Ropeadope) 9/10 Step through a distorting mirror into a universe where nothing is quite as it seems. Is that really Antonio Carlos Jobim’s One Note Samba? Yes, but now denuded of all its Brazilian lilt in favour of a groove from bassist Dezron Douglas and drummer Eric McPherson that…

March 2, 2021 / Album Reviews

WITH // WITHOUT (www.impermanencemusic.com) 8/10 I’ve never been in a float tank, but suspect this music may sometimes be an aural equivalent. Impermanence is a Melbourne trio whose music has a way of disengaging itself from gravity – without sending you to sleep. Their methods of keeping you absorbed include…

February 27, 2021 / Concert Reviews

Venue 505, February 12 7.5/10 This was music into which you could sink as if it were a soft leather armchair, while the musical diary conjured images before your eyes. Pianist/composer Novak Manojlovic was enshrining in sound nine memories of places and people, and in the process taking us deep…