It’s been five years since Cesar Merveille & Ryan Crosson’s first album together and while I don’t know what has happened to them in the meantime the results of lives lived have been infused into this long player teaming with ambitious, horizon-expanding, thought-provoking beauty making the wait all the more worthwhile. Intro (Almost Raw) begins the process with haunting tones and landscapes of sculpted sounds laying foundations for the proceeding minimal ripples of Acid Pal which escapes into eleven plus minutes of double bass punctuated rapture – channelling Jazz in a way that would surely resonate with John Coltrane. The cast of collaborators is significant and their parts equally expressive throughout. More playful melodies are then explored in a funkier way on Quadra while repeating textures are re-imagined on the spine-tingling brilliance of ARP. Nordic Bummers, is highlighted by brisk Trumpet blasts as the concluding MCYH seeks a return to ambience via a psychedelic array of colour channelling West Coast guitar. In-between times a riotous story is told and yes it is even better than the debut in so many ways as ideas are given free rein to roam and expand. Forwards. Further.
Release: October 31