Exposé Online banner

Jon Jenkins & Paul Lackey — Continuum
(Spotted Peccary SPM-D0401, 1995, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1996-03-01

Continuum Cover art

Of all the Spotted Peccary releases to date, Continuum is by far the most dense, lush, and intensely symphonic. The material seems to focus on the essence of life, self-realization, and inner discovery. The compositional style reflects Jenkins’ and Lackey’s experience in soundtrack work, as most tracks are a journey from point A to point B, with little regard given to traditional structures. A few of the pieces, like “First Breath,” are a little leaner on the orchestration, yet still follow a similar approach in form. “The Vision,” embellished by flute courtesy of Teeto Cheema, perhaps points to some possible influences – most notably Tangerine Dream, and some of the late-80s artists on the IC label like Mind over Matter. Following a more dark and mysterious path is “A Relic’s Tale,” which features the album’s most overt use of drums and other percussion, drifting through patches of warm symphonic sunlight along its way. “Adrift” is a gentle pulsating fantasia that starts quietly and blossoms with power, then declines with a touch of guitar added. The closer (and title track) is another impressionistic dreamscape of symphonic proportions, with main theme and variations flowing effortlessly toward the climactic conclusion – which fades down to the same sound that started the album, a bit like turning over the hourglass on the booklet cover. All I can say is that this one hasn’t been out of my changer much since it arrived.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 9, 1995 releases

Related artist(s): Jon Jenkins

Latest news

2020-10-14
Audion Is Back in Business – Our esteemed colleague Alan Freeman has restarted Audion Magazine after a seven year hiatus. The new incarnation is available online on their Bandcamp site. Audion's history goes back to 1984, and included 58 issues up to 2013. Issue #59 is available now, and #60 is in the works. » Read more

2020-10-06
Romantic Warriors IV – Krautrock (Part 2) Is in the Works – Zeitgeist Media, the people who have brought us the great series of documentary films chronicling the history of progressive rock, are working on the second installment of their examination of German music. Krautrock 2 will focus on artists from Münich such as Guru Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, and Popol Vuh. » Read more

2020-09-09
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more

2020-09-05
Gary Peacock RIP – Legendary bassist Gary Peacock, veteran of many recordings and performances with Paul Bley, George Russell, Roland Kirk, Bill Evans, Tony Williams, and many more. » Read more

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the age of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Von Zamla - Zamlaranamma – Von Zamla is another incarnation of the zany Samla Mammas Manna, who recorded two albums under the name for Urspar (this one being the first) before breaking up in the early 80s. Von Zamla's four...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover

Exposé Premiere of a New Tijuana Hercules Track



Print issues