Anthony Phillips — Missing Links Volume 4: Pathways & Promenades
(Voiceprint VP526CD, 2004/2009, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 2010-07-01
Subtitled Missing Links Volume IV, this is the latest in that series, which I suppose supersedes the Private Parts and Pieces series. Similarly, though, this is a collection of short instrumental vignettes for guitars (acoustic, Spanish, twelve-string, solo, and multitracked), synths, piano, and occasional percussion. Around half of these have appeared previously on multi-artist compilation albums, film and television soundtracks, exclusive compilations of his own material, and such, going clear back to the mid-80s, the remainder being new to this release. These are pastoral, introspective pieces that combine together nicely as a set, even though most are quite different from one another. Many of these could have fit nicely on some of Ant’s previous releases like The Meadows of Englewood, Dragonfly Dreams, or Slow Waves Soft Stars, or even some of the earlier PP&P releases. Each of the cuts is annotated in the eight-page booklet, offering insightful commentary. Especially on the guitar pieces, one can hear the echoes of the trademark style that he pioneered for early Genesis circa Trespass. Fans of Phillips’ work will find this to be essential, while those who haven’t taken that step yet will find it to be a good introduction to the more idyllic side of his oeuvre (and soon will be fans too). Magical and spellbinding, beginning to end.
SoundQuest Fest 2021 – SoundQuest Fest, first experienced as a live festival in Tucson Arizona in 2010 was created by ambient music pioneer Steve Roach. This 2021 event will unite a worldwide gathering of artists and audience members together for a 3-day online event unique in the realm of ambient music. From March 26-28th a continuous flow of streamed performances, audio-video wonder worlds and deep immersion zones will burn bright on Roach’s YouTube channel. » Read more
Chick Corea RIP – The sad news has reached us that Chick Corea has Returned to Forever, so to speak. The innovative keyboardist and composer died on February 9 at the age of 79. With a career that spanned from the 60s until shortly before his death, Corea touched many listeners with the incredible variety of music he produced in his lifetime. » Read more
Asia Minor Third Album on the Way – On January 29, AMS records will be releasing the long-awaited third album by classic Turkish-French band Asia Minor. Released last year in Japan, this will be the widespread debut of Points of Libration. The album features original members Setrak Bakirel (vocals, guitar) and Eril Tekeli (flute, guitar). » Read more
Harold Budd RIP – Harold Budd, one of pre-eminent American composers of avant-garde and minimalism, has died of complications from the coronavirus. Budd came to prominence in the 70s, championed by Brian Eno on his Obscure Records label, with music that blended academic minimalism with electric jazz and electronic music. Much of Budd's best known work was done in collaboration with other artists, including Eno, Daniel Lanois, Robin Guthrie, Andy Partridge, John Foxx, Jah Wobble, and many others. » Read more