The trio seems fixed around guitarist Tim Young who has been actively sought out by players such as Fiona Apple and John Zorn. Sand is a textured layered of ambiance that allows the band to take flight without being compartmentalized into an industry driven commercial pop sound that is driving the cultural base of jazz straight into the ground. Free improvisation? Close...While the band has the unique ability to shift dynamics and harmonics on the fly they transcend the more traditional form and functionality of the straight ahead scene for an adventurous visceral take on where the music starts and were you the listener would like for it to end up.
A far more open ended approach has Sand conducting a sonic exploratory that never becomes overly burdened into one singular course. Some more of the abstract work of Jimmu Giuffre's late 1950's would seem to be the real back bone of the band. Spontaneity and combined with rhythm and harmonic consonance invites the listeners back in time to a "Are You Experienced" back ward cymbal line of a fuzzed out Black Sabbathian guitar line which has been deconstructed to share their love of groove, emotion, melody and improvisation all holding equal weight.
One of the most ambitious releases to come along in a decade. You can look long and hard but finding something critical to say would be taking "hyper-critical" to the next level.
4 out of 5 Stars.
Tracks: White Nights; Barocco; Psychic Journey; Mayan Sun; White Magic; Soft Rain On A Dead Sea; Time Stalkers; Translucent; Dreamspell; Sky Bleached.
Personnel: Dylan Ryan: drums; Timothy Young: guitar; Devin Hoff.