Howard Givens & Craig Padilla "Life Flows Water" CD
Howard Givens, the mastering wizard and one of the driving forces behind Spotted Peccary Music label, and also a member of Brain Laughter project, has teamed with one the label's most respected composers, Craig Padilla. "Life Flows Water" album is a result of live improvised recording from March 2013 in Portland, when both sculptors have finally squeezed this session into their plans, although both artists were waiting for this opportunity for quite some time. Packaged in traditional Spotted Peccary 4-panel disc eco wallet showcasing the visual artistry of Daniel Pipitone, with additional imagery by Jourdan Laik and artist photographs by Linda Brown, the album was released at the end of February, 2015.
"Life Flows Water" unfolds with "Opening To New Perspectives", the longest piece on the journey, which clocks over 19 minutes. Rather monochromatic scenario emerge, permeated by ephemeral translucent tinkles. Warmly nuanced cinematic washes slowly arise as well and continuously glide across these gracefully grandiose sceneries. Amorphously euphonious listening delight is promptly achieved as my ears are bathed in vast expanses of contemplative subtlety. Delicately rawer traceries keep on emerging throughout the second half along with radiating sequences and remain in magnetic symbiosis with magnificently spacious tranquilness. It's a truly immersing experience, so the next composition, "Awakened Consciousness", arrives almost stealthily. Distant, yet freshly bouncing sequences keep on expanding, prevailing and cascading, but always guarded by soothingly gliding blankets. Organic trimmings sneak in towards the end and announce the following track, "A Step Achieved". A calmly meandering sweep is carefully bridged with smoothly rising joyful melody. "Reflection And Metamorphosis" integrate mild ear-tickling cyber-tech embellishments, which later inconspicuously transmute into more biotic-infused delicacy, but always persistently counterpointed with utterly immense synth layers, maintaining its tremendously graceful structure. And it's this thrillingly expansive compendium, which again clandestinely overlaps to the following composition, entitled "Tide Of The Opposition Moon". Merged with mesmerizingly electrifying interstellar sequences and yearning whistle-like vintage patterns, continuously awaking Berlin School reminiscences. This must be your everyday dose of electronic-charged elixir fueling your beyond the edge, outer space voyaging!!! A masterpiece!!! But it's the title piece, "Life Flows Water", which takes me even farther with its lushly organic intro, while distant cybernetic pulses silently emerge and pervade across the eternally helixing grandiose atmospheric splendor until they completely steal the center stage with a vortex of vivid pulsations. A 12-minute aural bliss undoubtedly awaits here, exquisitely displaying the track title and gloriously celebrating the mastery of both protagonists!!! We simply couldn't ask for more, bravo, gentlemen!!! The closing, 10 and half minute long "Shavasana" quietly drifts into unbounded expanses and nourishes the body and mind of each listener with its deeply meditative tides reinforced here and there by intangible sequencing hypnotism and glimpses of Tibetan overtone and bowl. A really gorgeous conclusion!!!
"Life Flows Water" offers nearly 69 minutes of charmingly serene ambience, impeccably synchronizing creativity and earmarks of Howard Givens & Craig Padilla. This is certainly another very strong release of Spotted Peccary Music gang during 2015, so don't hesitate to check out the latest discography of this Southern Californian label, I can't recommend it highly enough!!! And other sonic jewels are in the pipeline, for example Chronotope Project..., so stay deeply focused!!!
Richard Gürtler (Jul 19, 2015, Bratislava, Slovakia)