Surfing On Cloud Nine is an appropriate title for Perpetual Motion's new album. Behind each song lies a story which gives the imagination something to play with. From the opening chords of the energetic title track to the driving swing of the final cut, all of the songs show off the band's zest for life. This intriguing quartet's instrumentation of acoustic and electric violin, mandolin, guitar, bass, percussion, and drums is unique enough to make the listener sit up and take notice. Their compositions are an eclectic blend that show the wide variety of influences that this ensemble draws upon.
Members of Perpetual Motion playing on the disc are Tom Carleno on acoustic and electric guitars, Josie Quick on acoustic and electric violins and mandolin, Matt Deason on acoustic and electric bass, and Chad Johnson on drums, percussion, vocals and "general tomfoolery."
There is something for every musical taste on this album. If you are looking for mainstream jazz, there is "Unexpected Anticipation". For the acoustic audience there is the folk inspired solo guitar piece "Child's Play". "Gypsy Wind" is a combination of Hungarian folk melodies with driving rhythm, and for the rock and roller, "The Wyoming Blues" is a real crowd pleaser. All of these musical styles are tied together by Perpetual Motion's characteristic sound. Most of the tunes on this album are original instrumental compositions, however, they do cover Jay Ungar's "Ashokan Farewell" and vocalist Alyson Hayes-Myers joins them for their arrangement of Al Stewart's "End of the Day".Check out their website at: http://www.perpetual-motion.net