What I got here is another analogue extravaganza containing the three-part “Sphere of Influence” along the 9-minute encore from the trio’s live-gig at “E-Live 2009” (which didn’t fit on PDB – “3”).
The triptych is a 60-minute journey through the vintage years of the early and mid ‘70’s, offering excellent sequencing, emotive mellotron playing and choir pads, while Michael Daniel adds bits of e-guitar on a few spots. In my opinion, the latter could have been left out as the beauty of the many retro sounds say it all, painting a pleasant otherworldly reality with magical yet surreal undercurrents.
“Part II” is a soundscape without any rhythm, which sees Brendan take the lead with tranquil, colourful synth motifs to which the other two composers add effects and edgy elements. After a searching and rather unbalanced 10-minute intro (again featuring some out of place e-guitar improv), “Part 3” kicks off with dynamic, fast-paced sequencing and additional textures, soon followed by some attractive melodic soloing. Again, some quite fierce e-guitar solos are fired in there.