I gotta tell you that the mention of Jazz Rock doesn't really
get me all that excited... but getting my hands on the next release
of a Dave Halverson album piques my interest since there
is something very distinct about any music that he has a hand
in. In this particular instance, there is most definitely a sinister
shade that tinges the whole of this album, and so it is aptly
named. Halverson, and by extension Trance Lucid, have a
driving force that pushes each of their compositions ahead, and
the minor keys create visuals that evoke the journeys of picaresque
characters slashing their way through a rough-edged world. The
twist though, is that there is nothing rough or jagged about this
music. These characters don't careen or stumble through their
adventures; no, they positively saunter. So cool, yet their very
gaze reveals a stare that smolders, cruising through this 2-bit
town like they own the very earth beneath their feet.
1. The Birds of Years Past
3. Middle Eastern #5
5. A Burning Ship
6. The Colours of Darkness
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