There are moments of pure tone-space and with his highly musical approach to effects, especially digital delay, a blues-rock-compositional presence that skillfully glides atop the pulsating or enveloping shimmers of delay for music at once deftly creative, guitar-centric, beautifully sculpted, with essay-like logic and a strong feeling of structure-in-motion.
The sound is monumental in that special ECM sense and each piece brings us memorable music which is much more than merely mood inducing. The compositional elements bring the music a soulful but lyrical memorability and show the hand of a master who knows how to build sonic structures and make the total aural package into a unified whole. That is a matter of years experimenting with effects, which like any other sound aspect of the instrument is something for which special technique-sets and a sure artistic sense are needed for a great result. That is very much happening on the album.
The virtuoso use of spatial effect extensions give David Torn a poet's surety. To my mind, in today's cluttered world of avant guitar excursions, David and Gary Lucas reign supreme as the present-day masters of space. This album gives you a wonderful travelogue into Torn's special world, and in the process demonstrates just how good he is at it.
It is stunning. A masterpiece!
If you are Stateside and able to catch David on his tour, it starts today. Here is the itinerary: May 8 - New York, NY at Subculture, May 10 - Hamden, CT at The Ballroom at The Outer Space, May 11 - Marlboro, NY at The Falcon, May 12 - Dunellen, NJ at NJ Proghouse @ Roxy & Dukes, May 13 - Cambridge, MA at Regattabar, May 14 - Philadelphia, PA at Philadelphia Art Alliance, May 16 - Portland, OR at Holocene, May 17-18 - Seattle, WA at Storyville (Pike Place), May 19 - San Francisco, CA at Slim’s, May 20 - Sacramento, CA at Gold Lion Arts, May 21 - Los Angeles, CA at Blue Whale, May 22 - Denver, CO at Walnut Room, May 26 - Minneapolis, MN at Cedar Cultural Center, May 27 - Milwaukee, WI at The Jazz Estate, May 29 - Chicago, IL at Constellation, May 30 - Cincinnati, OH at The Monastery, May 31 - Pittsburgh, PA at Club Café, June 1 - Washington DC at Union Arts, June 3 - Baltimore, MD at The Windup Space, June 4 - Carrboro, NC at Cat’s Cradle, June 6 - Asheville, NC at Streamside Concerts, June 7 - Atlanta, GA at Red Light Café