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Ancient Future — Lustful Elelphants Trumpet Spring
(Ancient-Future.Com Records AF-20400, 2022, DL)
by Peter Thelen, Published 2022-11-16
Starting as a band in 1978, Ancient Future released seven albums of outstanding world fusion music between 1979 (beginning with Visions of a Peaceful Planet) and 2001. Their last CD release was Planet Passion, and during that time many members passed through the band’s ranks, members that continue to appear with them right up to this day in their live concerts. Today the group still plays a handful of concerts each year, featuring members new and old, as well as hosting world fusion music workshops, training sessions and much more. Their release schedule has become more sparse over the years — single downloadable tracks here and there, which then presumably will be added to the A.F.A.R. (Archive of Future Ancient Recordings) in the future with additional live and studio recordings. The eight minute single track at hand L.E.T.S. (Lustful Elephants Trumpet Spring) is the band’s latest offering, featuring percussionist Aditya Kalyanpur, master keyboardist Frank Martin, and longtime member Matthew Montfort on scalloped fretboard guitar, who composed the piece, a springtime raga that captures the feeling of separated lovers longing to unite, after studying Rag Basant. The audio was released on Endangered Species Day, May 20, 2022, and the full video of the performance was released on Elephant Appreciation Day, Thursday, September 22, 2022. The piece launches with Montforts’ guitar, then Martin’s keyboards creating a beautiful flute-like trill, followed by Kalyanpur’s tablas driving the rhythm from that point forward, with the guitar and various facets of synthesizer sounds alternating as the piece develops. Before the listener gets too comfortable, the coda arrives at the eight minute mark, and it’s all over. Do I wish it was longer? Yes. Do I wish it was more than just a single track? That too. Hopefully more will be on the way before too long.
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