Tuesday, August 16, 2016

New Sun "Transitory"

Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: August 16, 2016 (digital) September 6, 2016 (CD)
1. Gravity Well (2:40)
2. Vigilance (4:47)
3. The Beguiler (5:06)
4. Espiritu (6:53)
5. Transitory (8:54)
6. Slipstream Day (6:13)
7. Down By Sea (4:58)
8. Eddies In The Stream (6:31)

Total Time 46:02

Chris Trujillo- drums, vocals
Alex Kley - bass
Christopher Scott Cooper - guitars, vocals, keys
Gustaf Fjelstrom (Maximum Indifference)-bass
John Hasty (BTG Group)-drums
Benito Cortez (Dan Hicks)-violin
David Brewer (The Fire/Molly's Revenge)-pipes/whistles
Rebecca Lomnicky (The Fire)-fiddle
Joel M. Wilson-bass
Martin Birke (Genre Peak)-elec drums/synths
Susan Faye Ness-vocals

Here we have eight compositions ranging anywhere from two and half minutes to almost nine. I have to say the music of New Sun is hard for me to describe in words. As I listen I’m filled with certain feelings or emotions but they’re a jumble. Cooper and friends create music that incorporates a melodic vibe that is contrasted by angular minor musical motifs, think mixing Kansas with King Crimson. It’s a unique sound that’s been crafted over the years to where they clearly don’t sound like anyone else, but rather blends or mixes musical styles into one that is simply the sound of New Sun. And that’s a good thing. Three or four of these compositions also bring together an almost ethnic or Worldbeat vibe that reminded me of some of Peter Gabriel’s musical efforts. But again the music may remind me of someone, without ever actually sounding like them. It’s a crafty thing they do. Instrumentally there are lots of acoustic sounds that run throughout the album. These acoustic sounds play nicely against the electric and go a long way to “soften” the tone, taking it a few steps back from simply being heavy or aggressive music. It’s actually a long way from that because even though there are a few crunchy riffs here and there they’re more than balanced by the myriad of other instrumental sounds that pervade these tunes. This is a very satisfying listen in so many ways and would say it contains some of New Sun’s most accomplished music on many different levels. I liked it a lot and highly recommend it to old and new fans alike.  (Jerry Lucky)
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