Sunday, November 23, 2014

Equilibrium Liquid Light SongLines 2014

Equilibrium: Liquid Light
The aptly titled Liquid Light from Equilibrium is a minimalist approach to a larger harmonic theme of melodic discovery.
Brent Black /
Reinventing the wheel? No, just polishing up it a bit. This improvisational trio gracefully moves past what would be considered traditional jazz in the west and into a more ambient area of lyrical possibilities. Post modern impressionism? Perhaps...but what is in a name. There is a quiet elegance to this release only occasionally disturbed by an organic realm of a spiritual vibe of sorts. In short, sometimes Liquid Light can feed on itself but does so in an intriguing fashion.
A large sound for a relatively acoustic trio, guitar along with voice and clarinet find a special balance of sound and spatial exploration. Two more noteworthy pieces include "Praha" and "Eupnea" which channel the wordless vocals of Sissel Vera Pettersen. This is a blank slate for lyrical conversations that are cutting edge yet never venture off the pretentious cliff.
4 Stars
Tracks: Praha; Eupnea; Thalassa; Totemic I; Totemic II; Respire; Oslo From Above; Air; Grundtvig Coral; Motels Mono; Hiro; Sweep; Laglio; Statolith; Comacino Dreaming.

Personnel: Sissel Vera Pettersen: vocals, live electronics, soprano saxophone, singing bowls (11); Joachim Badenhorst: clarinet, bass clarinet; Mikkel Ploug: electric guitar, acoustic guitar.