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Wingfield - Reuter - Sirkis

Lighthouse

Review by Gary Hill

If you like instrumental music that's experimental and challenging, you should give this a try. There a real freeform vibe to a lot of it. The music shares territory with things like modern King Crimson, Rock In Opposition, fusion and space music. It's about as far from mainstream as you can get, but it's also quite effective.

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Track by Track Review
Zinc
The guitar that opens this brings a bit of a rocking prog vibe, perhaps a bit like King Crimson in some ways. The cut work outward from there into a bit more of a fusion element. There is a dark and mysterious quality to it. That mix of King Crimson with fusion is definitely a continuing musical concept here as this makes its way through it's intriguing journey. This journey is quite dynamic and exploratory.
Derecho
The general dark and dramatic concept is in place here, too. This isn't anything close to a carbon copy of the previous number, though. It's a cool instrumental piece that works really well. I love the way the guitar kind of glides across the top while also conducting it forward. The drums are quite intense and busy on this number. They turn it into quite the crazed jam later as the drums really drive it. There is some percussion by itself at the end.
Ghost Light
Nearly 14 and a half minutes in length, this is an epic piece. It comes in rather ambient and trippy and builds out gradually from there. It wanders through in a rather freeform way until dropping way down around the three-minute mark and gradually rising back upward from there. It has a lot of intriguing atmospherics as it continues to evolve. There are definitely space music elements here. It really does seem to represent its title.
Magnetic
This is another extended piece, but at a bit less than eleven and a half minutes is shorter than its predecessor. It comes in a bit understated and atmospheric and grows outward in waves of tasty weirdness. It gets pretty noisy and intense as it pounds forward later. There are definite King Crimson meets Djam Karet type sounds further down the road.
A Hand In The Dark
Dark and rather freaky, this feels quite freeform. It's not a big change from the other stuff on this set, but nothing here ever feels redundant.
Transverse Wave
Slow, echoey and dark, this feels very space-like. It gets fairly noisy and intense before it ends.
Surge
Coming in with the most rocking music since the beginning of the disc, this is a real powerhouse. It gets pretty crazed at times.
 
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