Some of the twelve points of reference I called for “Sketches 1” still ring for “Sketches 2”. “Brunch With Suki” translates the Richard Schneider Jr. of “Baby Come Home”, through the William DeVaughan of “Right 4 Me”, into the breaks on a beach of Ike White`s “Antoinette”. The synthesised flute line now a signature tie to the hippy Folk of Bröselmaschine. Zang Tumb Turm still sounds in the Fairlight sighs of “Driving To Cap Negret”, a kind of update of Art Of Noise`s “Camilla” in its bongos, harp and pedal steel. The pastoral Kosmische of Cluster and Roedelius is present on “Der Stern, Der Nie Vergeht” which mixes in the Gaelic winds of Cafe Del Mar Classics by Bob James and Mark Isham. A Cafe Del Mar classic can also be heard in “Distant Storms At Sea”, a partner to Smith & Mudd`s “Mhor”. An ominous hum above the approaching bad weather, the tops of waves breaking, threatening, increasing in frequency, rocking your boat. Darkening skies with minaret cries, currents of worrying, clouded horizons, choices to be mades, action to be taken. Peter Gabriel`s “Passion” in its blown arabesques.
Gone however are the “World Music” of Malcolm McLaren`s “Duck Rock”, the ECM-isms, the Pink Floyd-isms, and the New Age. These are instead replaced by a Detroit ambience. The counterpoint of “Winter Sunset Sky” checking Metheny & Reich, for sure, but it`s more John Beltran. “Cirrus & Cumulus” digitally rendering the landscape of the imaginary island of the project`s title. The closing “One Slow Thought”, the calm after the interstellar skydive of “Cascades”. Stacey Pullen / Bango`s “Ritual Beating System” now beatless.
It`s out Friday.