After Patrick O’Hearn turned up a different musical alley on his previous album “Eldorado”, his fifth album “Indigo” wanders into darker and mysterious flavoured but most fascinating spaces.
At times, its music is almost soundtrack-like (especially the beautiful opening track “Devil’s Lake”), as the whole album continues in the typical O’Hearn sound. While the use of synthesizers and assorted percussion remains impeccable, the spacious music with “guitar ambiences and aesthetic atmosphere” spread out here is deep, dynamic but also mellow, as it moves gently through shades and spheres.
Mark Isham’s velvet trumpet fits in perfectly on “Upon the Wings of Night”, while “Coba”,“Sacred Heart” and “Desire” vaguely stick to the warm sound of “Between Two Worlds”.
A special note goes out to the fascinating “The Ringmasters Dream” found at the tail of the album. Here, symphonic and atmospheric beauty unite in a kind of mental circus show.
I for one would classify the beautifully crafted and cohesive “Indigo” as nocturnal sonic musings, a great cinema show for the mind with a less commercial, yet somber but overall expressive sound.
Hat’s off, Patrick!
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