“Morphology” is a live album recorded during Darren Bergstein’s home concert series One Thousand Pulses on May 15, 2010. It’s been a while since I listened or reviewed any live music from the most talented Robert Rich, but it’s again a joy to dig this 70-minute electronic & electro-acoustic release, which also contains a few unreleased pieces.
A great mood is already set by the dynamic opener “Alhambra”, which merges tribal rhythms with flute, exciting lap steel guitar and soundscapes. Next are the mysterious but gently unfolding “Attar” and “Vetiver”, where exotic acoustics, textures and flute map out new sonic topographies. Smooth, emotive soundscapes and soft yearnings surface on “Touch-Release”, before the Robert returns to his mesmerizing eclectic style on “Geode”.
“The Other Side of Twilight” makes 12 minutes of velvet, hypnotizing atmospherics, followed by the gamelan-rhythms, circular (experimental) soundscapes and mysticism of “Nesting on Cliffsides”. The latter is the toughest track on the album and far too abstract to my taste, which (to a certain degree) also applies to the peculiar 4-minute title track attached to it. It seems Robert lost it on both pieces, but luckily, the groovy outro “Edge of Nowhere” puts things on a positive track again.
The hardcopy version of “Morphology” will be available at the end of December 2013 as a factory-pressed cd, limited to 300 copies.
You can see what reviews I have done of this artist on the Robert Rich artist page
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