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A Triggering Myth — Forgiving Eden
(Laser's Edge LE 1036, 2002, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2003-02-01

Forgiving Eden Cover artFor their latest effort, keyboardists Tim Drumheller and Rick Eddy present a single suite divided into eight parts, sometimes with no break between them. Part one starts quietly with a slightly jazzy, almost cocktail feel, but that doesn’t last. A couple minutes in, barely intelligible voices usher in a more ominous mood, and a high synth part hints at more insistent rhythms. The second part jumps right in with the introduction of guests Scott McGill on guitar and Vic Stevens on drums for a shifting-meter section a bit like Happy the Man with wild guitar. A quieter section with flute-like melody provides some contrast. The music is imaginative throughout, and McGill’s guitar provides a perfect antidote to impending keyboard overdose. Drumheller and Eddy use a broad palate of instruments, from acoustic and electric pianos to a great variety of synths, but there is a certain human touch that comes from having fingers touch strings. There is a lovely section of the fourth part with acoustic guitar, electric piano, and a flutish lead. McGill throws in a bit of his expected flash, keeping it within the musical vision, however. Happy the Man is probably the most usual referent, but I hear little bits that remind me of ELP. Those are only references, however. I would say A Triggering Myth has a unique sound of their own, and the compositional quality can stand up to any hints at stylistic derivation. This is good complex stuff, and one of the year’s outstanding releases.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 26, 2002 releases

Related artist(s): Scott McGill, Vic Stevens, A Triggering Myth

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