Exposé Online banner

Kevin Kastning / Carl Clements — Even This Late It Happens
(Greydisc GDR3536, 2017, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2017-12-10

Even This Late It Happens Cover art

This adventurous, dreamy and introspective collaboration continues where it left off last time with 2016’s A Far Reflection, and Nowhere, Now Here prior to that. Kastning brings his 36-string double contraguitar, 30-string contra-alto guitar, and 15-string extended classical guitar to the session, while Clements brought tenor and soprano saxophones, flute, alto flute, and bansuri flutes – not all at once of course. The approach is similar to previous efforts, seemingly of composition on the spot, though one might find a telepathic connection between the two players that keeps a listener guessing. In fact this may not be pure improvisation at all, but a loosely planned stream-of-consciousness journey that shifts and morphs with the players’ whims, the variety of instrumentation making for a limitless variation of possibilities in real time. The fact that no steady rhythm drives this, and all those strings provide so many unusual shades and colors, which ultimately provide support for the woodwinds beautiful presence throughout. Sometimes the two explore together, other times they trade off lead and support roles, but in general it’s Kasning’s guitars that create a textural environment where all this energy thrives, with Clements providing the wandering melodies that drift and flow freely, surging and exploring new paths through a neverending web of dark and light spokes. There is a powerful and captivating sense of pure emotion throughout each of these eight tracks. One can expect a long journey of discovery and rediscovery before really knowing the material at hand; in fact even after dozens of listens I am still surprised by new things I hear on each pass.


Filed under: New releases, 2017 releases

Related artist(s): Kevin Kastning, Carl Clements

More info
http://store.cdbaby.com/cd/kevinkastningcarlclement4

Latest news

2018-11-16
The Seventeenth Dream of Dr Sardonicus Festival Tickets Now Available – Fruits de Mer Records and their merry crew of psychedelic explorers are getting set to present the next The Seventeenth Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival. The dates are set for August 2-4, 2019 at The Cellar Bar in Cardigan, Wales. They've also announced that the legendary Groundhogs will top the bill. » Read more

2018-11-02
Charles O'Meara (C.W. Vrtacek) RIP – A true musical original has left us. Charles O'Meara, who recorded under the name C.W. Vrtacek, was a wild-card musical talent, ranging from complex progressive rock to introspective modern compositions, with stops at many places inbetween. » Read more

2018-10-17
Eurock Documentary Seeks Funding – We've been fans and fellow travelers with Archie Patterson and his Eurock project on the journey to discover great music. After many years of promoting and trying to spread the word,a new phase is beginning: a documentary film. Things like this don't just happen, and money does not magically appear to make it happen, so it's up to the fans to get it done. » Read more

2018-09-29
Marty Balin RIP – One of the architects of the 60s psychedelic sound of San Francisco has died at the age of 76. Marty Balin was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane. After the split of the original Airplane, Balin went on to form the highly successful Jefferson Starship. » Read more

2018-09-25
Help the Psychic Equalizer Avoid Extinction – Last year we reviewed the debut album by Psychic Equalizer, a musical project of Hugo Selles. He's now working on the ambitious follow-up to that release, and is seeking funding from listeners around the world. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Ring of Myth - Unbound – First impressions are generally correct. This could be a likable excursion down a well trod path, however, I found it pretty much impossible to listen to this CD all the way through. This LA band is a...  (1996) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues