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Tim Motzer + Markus Reuter — Descending
(1k Recordings 1k018, 2010, CD)

by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele, Published 2010-07-01

Descending Cover artGuitarist Tim Motzer and touch guitarist Markus Reuter establish an instant atmospheric rapport on their first joint effort together. The first song, “1200 Sundays,” is beautiful and sounds uniquely like a wonderful classical piece for woodwind section. We hear Travis/Fripp in it due to Soft Machine Legacy main man Theo Travis’s flute on many of the tracks. Special guests include Pat Mastelotto, who plays drums and “buttons”; Doug Hirlinger, who plays airy cymbals and metals; and BJ Cole, who plays his typically beautiful and spacey pedal steel guitar. There is a languid, liquid flow to this music, and as such would work wonders as background music in a work or school backdrop setting. However, as foreground music with the volume turned up, there are all kinds of fascinating twists and turns in the compositions, and close listening is richly rewarded. The feel of inner space is heavily implied in pieces such as “We Were” and “Ritual Observance.” The closing title piece gives us the feeling of floating gently to the ground on a gentle breeze. Recommended to fans of both ambient sides of the Eno brothers (Brian and Roger), Daniel Lanois, Jon Hassell, and Supersilent.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 38, 2010 releases

Related artist(s): Pat Mastelotto, Markus Reuter, Theo Travis, Tim Motzer

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