The Fragile Fate: lilliam ocean
- CARPE SONUM NOVIM
- Release year 2016
- 10 tracks, 50 minutes
- CD in Digipak
Lilliam Ocean might well be the most unusual, ‘uncharacteristic’ release on Carpe Sonum Novum, in as much as its merging of electronic and acoustic instrumentation would suggest a less overtly artificial demeanor. Thankfully, the trio reveals they are indeed more than the sum of their parts. “Sign Waves” in particular could be any one of a dozen ancient Krautrock heavyhitters, the ghosts of Cluster/Kluster writ large in contrails of vaporous electronics. Conversely, the hushed reverie and Metheny-esque sprawl of the title track harkens back to prog’s hoary pre-80s past lives as the bluster of Windham Hill beckoned, forever blurring boundaries across genres. “Configuration” could almost be a long lost Rain Tree Crow track; in fact, Mssrs. Marotta, Greenall, and Taylor make no bones about their obvious admiration for the likes of Sylvian/Fripp, the echoing tonalities of David Torn’s finer ECM work, the soaring looped Americana of Steve Tibbetts, even the fourth world ethnic forgeries of 90s cult trio Mo Boma, all of which cut a wide swathe across the trio’s blistering, provocative soundscapes.
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