There’s no other way to describe this union of Canada’s 2 most strikingly unorthodox string wielders than by calling it a match made in Guitar Heaven. It was bound to happen, although most assumed the fates would delay the confab by a few years.
The great news is that "In Good We Trust" fulfills one’s anticipations from the opening bell as Manx adds his vocals to an intensely personal version of Bruce Springsteen’s "I’m On Fire". While 8 of the 11 tracks are vocals, the hypnotic interweaving of an armada of stringed instruments is so effortless it would be an appropriate Freudian slip to call the protagonists Harry Breit and Kevin Manx.
Harry Manx is the master of your chilled-out oriental vibe, thanks to his proficiency on instruments like the mohan veena; and that smoky voice of his is akin to getting a relaxing massage without skin contact. Now we have Kevin Breit’s left-of-center axe work adding some edgy counterpoints, making matters even more intriguing.
"Bottom Of The Hill" is pure delight, and if commercial radio still played real music it’d be all over the airwaves. Blues, Indian, Folk, and especially Jazz elements are interwoven into a roots kaleidoscope by these gentle masters. As an example, "Death Have Mercy" is a blend of Raga and Blues; its bluesy pleadings backed by a whirling tapestry of Indian drones. "Steal 6" is a surprising grab bag of psychedelic intensity anchored to the Indian sub-continent. It’ll steal your breath away, while the title track is an instrumental that fascinatingly interweaves Indian and blues licks.
"Death Have Mercy" is another boundary-stretching hybrid that’s as compelling as honey to a bee. Many other selections will make you feel you’re floating off into the blue horizon, like "Ship Of Fools", the bluegrass-y "Swim Don’t Float, and the dreamy finale "Sisters" that features some awesome electric slide guitar from Kevin.
So kick back, find your favorite relaxing place, and treat yourself to one of the most sublime listens this side of the Himalayas.