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Art of Flying — Escort Mission
(Bandcamp throatCULTURE 003, 2018, LP / DL)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2020-06-12

Escort Mission Cover art

The duo known as Art of Flying, Anne Speroni (vocals, bass, piano) and David Costanza (guitar, keyboards, vocals, trumpet, harmonium), has been recording music together in Taos, New Mexico since 1998. Along their musical journey they’ve been joined by a variety of guest musicians. Their latest, Escort Mission, is their tenth recorded in their home studio. And for this go-round they were joined by Kevyn Gilbert (guitar), Max Moulton (drums, mandolin), Joel Ricci (trumpet), and Rita O’Connell (vocals). The album is a collection of eight exquisitely executed, introspective dream-pop songs. You can easily visualize the music as an accompaniment to an animation of their lithographic cover art. The soothing songs are a delight to listen to, though the eight minute “Jesus Said and Mary Said” is a bit too long. The album highlight is the title track. Anne’s beautiful voice and vocal harmonies plus her emotive piano augment the slow ambiance of the song. The album ends with the oddly titled “End of Side B.” I guess they had difficulty coming up with a song title for this tune about growing old. The album is available both on Bandcamp and as a limited edition LP with a lyric sheet and song credits. Art of Flying is definitely flying under the radar, so seek them out and immerse yourself in the tranquilizing flow of Escort Mission.

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