The opening "What Ever Happened To The Station Wagon" starts with scraped sounds, then works into muted bell and gong tones. There is a feeling of momentum in the playing, where the instruments move in and out of the sound field, keeping the ear interested. You get a sense that each percussionist is carefully choosing their sounds, rather than just playing on anything. The composition evolves over 12 minutes and never loses interest.
The short, "Japanese Toy Balloons," is a playful improv of buzzing sounds. "Constant Machinery" starts with repeating rhythmic cycles that suggest the clockwork dance of a factory. Various metallic sounds move in and out, constantly evolving and changing. "Moist desert" is a quiet piece featuring shakers and gongs. It evokes the mystery and expanse of the desert with sounds reminiscent of insects, animals, and the night sky. "Dry Steam" features both muted and unmuted gongs that give way to shakers and rattles.
These fourteen tracks cover a lot of ground and reveal much about the landscape of percussion. Brad Dutz has put together a compelling set. This is highly recommended adventurous music for adventurous listeners. Available from: Brad Dutz