Ross Goldstein: Timoka (Birdwatcher Records, 2020)

January 22, 2020 at 10:02 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Ross Goldstein: Timoka

Ross Goldstein (of Devin Gary & Ross, with Gary Panter) released more of a psych-pop album on Northern Spy a few years ago, but this is something totally different. Using a Mellotron only, he’s recorded an instrumental suite which could easily be arranged for a full orchestra and used as a soundtrack to a particularly haunting movie. It’s not all “Strawberry Fields Forever” flute warbling; there’s lots of slow-moving, suspenseful strings, ominous pizzicato notes, and dramatically paced timpani and cymbal rolls. A few moments like “Lunar Day” sound like brief bits of orchestral pop stretched out into longer thoughts, but then there’s darker mood pieces and cues like “Pink Broom” and the more ambitious, creaking “Bas-Relief”. It all maintains a distinctly low budget feel, but for one artist using such a limited palette, it has an impressively wide scope.

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