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Exedra — Time and Emotion
(Bandcamp no#, 2020, CD / DL)

Exedra — Turnahead
(Bandcamp no#, 2021, CD / DL)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2022-08-01

Time and Emotion Cover artTurnahead Cover art

I first encountered exedra on FdM’s 2020 Krautrock compilation Head in the Clouds where exedra contributed the excellent “Exoplanet Transit.” Now I’ve had the opportunity to experience their two most recent releases, Time and Emotion from 2020 and Turnahead from 2021. Exedra is the dynamic  duo of Jeremy Gluck (lyrics and vocals) and Darrall Knight (all instruments). They started recording their Kosmische-psychedelic-ambient-art-rock back in 2012. Time and Emotion is an all-instrumental album composed, performed, recorded, and mixed by Darrall in London between 2018 and 2020. The eight tracks, spanning 36 minutes, are basically ambient tone poems, outside of time, that show the influence of Brian Eno’s Thursday Afternoon. The slow, introspective music features electronics, synths, and piano that combine to evoke various emotions from the dark “Omened” to the soothing “Satoyama.” Overall Time and Emotion is a wonderful relaxing listening experience.

Turnahead continues exedra’s sonic exploration. But they do something that I have not experienced before. Turnahead is actually the same track presented in three different formats, not really remixes. The title track opens the album. This is gentle hypnotic music with motivational dialog that morphs into a very strong melodic guitar line. Track two, “Unspoken,” is the same music without the motivational dialog. And then there are three more tracks, “Part 1,” “Part 2,” and “Part 3,” that are the title track split into three parts. So if you want to just listen to the melodic prog rock guitar melody, you can listen to “Part 3.”  Since the primary track runs about 12 minutes, and the music evolves over that time period, you don’t get bored and you don’t really recognize that the music repeats unless you are paying close attention. Overall, both albums feature wonderful soothing and relaxing music.

Filed under: New releases, 2020 releases, 2021 releases

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