Exposé Online banner

Richard Bone — The Eternal Now
(Quirk 07, 1996, CD)

by Mike Ezzo, Published 1997-02-01

The Eternal Now Cover art

With four releases under his belt, Richard Bone has touched on a variety of different musical avenues, of which The Eternal Now is his nod to the New Age / ambient realm. While I'm usually loath to making simple comparisons with other artists in a review, Richard's CD made it too convenient not to do so. The first half of "The Eternal Now" is entitled Zone, and is broken into six parts. "Zone One" almost hints at Fripp & Eno territory, though created by more orthodox means. Still a nice moody work with rippling waves of sound. Parts two and three were rather conventional, and sometimes spoiled by samples of Star Trek bleeps, or the laugh of a little boy. On "Zone Five" he picks up the pace. This one was perhaps reminiscent of Harold Budd's The White Arcades, but with a rhythm. Not bad at all; while the sixth rocked back and forth like a boat on the horizon — a stronger melodic sense pervading it, reminding me of Jon Mark's album The Standing Stones of Callanish.

It was the second half, The Millennium Pages, where things started to gel into a coherent whole. Parts one and two here see him dabbling in a cosmic and floating atmosphere of sound that is more serious. And the third introduces harp for a good bit of contrast. This one recalled Kitaro. Finally there is a weird droning piece that creates a disturbing mood. To size up The Eternal Now, I'd say that the second half is more consistent, though somewhat derivative of what people like Klaus Schulze, et al. have done. The Zone half may be less appealing to fans of this genre, but it shows greater compositional dexterity. Overall this release presents itself as somewhat of a grab bag of ideas — like a collection of miniature soundtracks. Some listeners may feel this is too multi-faceted for a single work. It could have probably been spread over the output of two or three separate recordings. But that's not to say that these styles aren't related. If a little variety in the meditational music field is what you are looking for, rather than an album that sits on one direction, then is just what the doctor ordered.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 11, 1996 releases

Related artist(s): Richard Bone

Latest news

2018-07-31
Tomasz Stańko RIP – Tomasz Stańko, one of the greats of Eastern European jazz, has died at the age of 76. Stańko's career started in Krzysztof Komeda's quintet, where he contributed trumpet from 1963-1967, when he formed his own group. He worked extensively with Edward Vesala, Don Cherry, Zbigniew Seifert, Chico Freeman, Howard Johnson, Cecil Taylor, and many others. Many of his recordings have been released by ECM, an association that began in the mid-70s. » Read more

2018-07-09
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more

2018-07-01
7d Surfaces Happy Rhodes Back Catalog – We've covered singer Happy Rhodes before, both for her solo work and recently with The Security Project, but her 11 albums have been hard to track down. Until now. 7d features high-quality downloads of all her releases, and several of them are also available on CD. » Read more

2018-06-25
Fred Chalenor RIP – We have news of another sad passing in the world of creative music. Bassist Fred Chalenor, whose creativity featured on albums by Tone Dogs, Caveman Shoestore, and many more, died on June 23, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Tributes have poured in from the many musicians and fans whose lives he touched. » Read more

2018-06-13
Jon Hiseman RIP – One of the great drummers of the rock era has died. Jon Hiseman was a veteran of such ground-breaking groups as Colosseum (I and II), Tempest, John Mayal's Bleusbreakers, and was a founding member of the innovative large band United Jazz + Rock Ensemble. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Dirty Projectors - The Getty Address – Dopamine on crutches flying straight to the heart of freak-folk Americana. Welcome to the song cycle of a cloth cut from the same material as Van Dyke Parks' most evangelized piece of work, updated...  (2007) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues