Exposé Online banner

Knitting by Twilight — Riding the Way Back
(It's Twilight Time RTE-6, 2009, CD)

by Paul Hightower, Published 2010-07-01

Riding the Way Back Cover artThe Knitting by Twilight crew have been busy lately, with their last album out in 2008 and the Herd of Mers spin-off release coming late that same year. Though this isn’t a full-length CD — the five tracks clock in at just under 20 minutes — it should satisfy those interested in any of John and Karen Orsi’s music. Joining them again are Manny Silva and Mike Marando on guitars and bass, with John Orsi handling all the percussion and occasional keyboards and Karen on guitar. The minimalist and garage band ethic of earlier work returns on several tracks, including the Eno-esque songs “Mok’s Glacier” and “Blue Ink for Fountain Pens.” A grittier and harsher edge imbues the opener “Shiver,” and John dominates the closing song “Twirling Guitars and Glad Tambourines” with his trademark percussion work that focuses almost entirely on beaten metal objects and bells. On this track, Karen provides a rubbery guitar lead that evokes Adrian Belew’s playfulness. Besides John’s penchant for unconventional percussion, this spirit of adventure is what characterizes this collection, as well as past Knitting by Twilight albums. The Orsis definitely seem to have forged a comfortable and collaborative musical relationship and based on this brief missive, future offerings—which will hopefully include another full-length release — should be worth a listen.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 38, 2009 releases

Related artist(s): Knitting by Twilight

Latest news

2017-02-20
Larry Coryell RIP – One of the greats of jazz guitar has left us at the age of 73. Larry Coryell was one of the founding figures of jazz fusion, but produced a significant body of work the bridged many styles. His group Eleventh House provided a unique take on the combination of jazz and rock that was distinct from contemporaries such as Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever, and Weather Report. » Read more

2017-01-31
John Wetton RIP – After a long battle with colon cancer, singer and bassist John Wetton has died at the age of 67. As an integral member of such bands as King Crimson, UK, and Asia, his was one of the distinctive voices in progressive rock, lending a human touch to often difficult music. » Read more

2017-01-30
Seaprog Announces First Artists for 2017 – The organizers of the Seaprog Festival in Seattle have announced the first set of confirmed performers for the 2017 festival. The best known names are Jack o' the Clock and Zero Times Everything, but a host of other bands are featured, mostly from the Northwest. The festival will take place June 2-4, 2017. » Read more

2017-01-27
Acoustic Festival of Britain 2017 Announces Eclectic Lineup – The Acoustic Festival of Britain has been going since 2006, and this year's event sees a number of outstanding artists on the bill. Fairport Convention, Tir na nOg, and Martin Turner are some of the artists we've covered, and there are many more, including The Men They Couldn't Hang, Howard Jones, Chantel McGregor, and many more. The festival runs June 2-4, 2017 at Uttoxeter Racecourse in Staffordshire. » Read more

2017-01-26
Butch Trucks RIP – Butch Trucks was one of two drummers in the first incarnation of the Allman Brothers Band in 1969, helping the band achieve its legendary status as an American original. He died on January 24, 2017 of a self-inflicted gunshot would. He was 69. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

The Van Allen Belt - Lactater-Tots – The Van Allen Belt is the moniker taken by composer Troy Paiva, who wrote and performed ten tracks with Apple software packages that emulate basic rock and roll band instrumentation. Initial...  (2006) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues