Montgomery and Turner: Sounds Passing Through Circumstances (Astral Editions, 2021)

March 2, 2021 at 7:54 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Montgomery and Turner: Sounds Passing Through Circumstances

This album consists of two longform drones for saxophone, flute, Mellotron, and effects, and it manages to subvert all expectations of what a drone album produced with those instruments could sound like. It inhabits a space similar to certain moments on the KLF’s epochal Chill Out, but instead of conveying a trainbound journey throughout rural America, this is a deeply inbound journey, constantly seeking an inner source of light. The first side at least comes within its presence, even if it isn’t totally revealed. The second side is much darker, though, sounding like it’s losing the fire and decaying in real time. It’s slowly crushing, yet it’s also something soothing and healing. Well worth turning on loud, soaking in, and getting existential to.

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