Category: Album Reviews – Archive

October 13, 2020 / Album Reviews - Archive

DARK ENERGY (FMR) 8/10 To an astrophysicist it’s our universe’s little-understood but dominant energy form, to a fantasist it’s black magic, and to others it might mean a maniac in the White House. Regardless of which sense of “dark energy” trumpeter Paul Williamson intended, his title track certainly pulses with…

October 8, 2020 / Album Reviews - Archive

WAVETELLER (www.waveteller.bandcamp.com) 7/10 Imagine if we walked on our heads, and tripwires kept snagging our ears. This music is like that. Gifted bassist Michael Mear left Sydney for Paris when he was 19, and while away developed a fondness for rhythmic intricacy: for spiking his grooves with unexpected jolts. Yet…

October 4, 2020 / Album Reviews - Archive

PERSPECTIVAL (www.samgillmusic.com) 8/10 Alto saxophonist Sam Gill may have just invented chronological schizophrenia. Gill’s conception for his Scattered quintet slices through time and space to combine the freedom and complexity of now with an almost urbane salon aesthetic that could be a century old. It’s rather like slightly unruly music…