« on: February 13, 2015, 08:51:03 PM »
Another reason I wanted to respond to you is because I had also ordered an older Robert Rich (from '94) that I somehow missed - that 'Propagation' one. I think the cover art put me off (oh dear.) But it is an amazing release, and I am currently enjoying it much more than the new one. It seems so full of life, and the tracks build to such subtle but sublime climaxes. It hasn't dated at all and seems buzzing with fresh energy.
I hope my feelings about 'Filaments' return to where they were on that first listen when I wrote that post!
Propagation is a grand effort in spite of that cover art! That was the hip, ultra cool and cutting edge type of art back in the 90's, ya know.
Another one of Robert's I really enjoy and play a lot during my work is Yearning, a collaboration with Lisa Moskow. She plays the sarod which sounds somewhere between a harp and a sitar, and can say I never tire of this work. I've looked for more from Lisa Moskow but it all sounds very traditional and lacks the mystery and even warmth of Robert Rich's atmospheres. There are Robert Rich interludes of flutes, steel guitar and such where the sarod takes a pause, and it really is a nice back and forth. He takes it to the brink of being dark, but treads the line nicely. Moskow's sarod playing also seems tailored to this collaboration, being more gently animated. They perfectly compliment each other- it's a great example of two artists combining their talents to create something special.