The covid lockdown caused many musicians to compose music under restricted conditions, in search of solace as well as expressing despair or the longing for how things used to be.
“Island on the Moon” by Dirk Serries (ambient guitar, outboard effects) and saxophonist Trösta is a 42-minute expressionist sonic journey in four tracks pinpointed as the symphony of harmony, depth, and nuance. It sees soft yearning sax hover over expansive floating textural pads creating an aural bubble that’s elevating as well as detaching from worldly affairs simultaneously. The improvised sax lashes out a couple of times in screams and hopelessness on “Kreep” before sinking back in a state of acceptance, finding bits of strength to keep carrying on.
Although I’m not fond of saxophone myself, it’s the record’s gentle uplift and intrinsic quality that provides comfort.
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