Age of Falconry CD
Something of a veteran in electronic music circles, Richard Bone’s career-to-date has largely been enacted on his own Quirkworks label, with occasional singles and 12-inchers inching out on vinyl.
Emerging now on Mega Dodo, within whose fast-expanding parameters he is both an exquisite fit and a stark surprise, Age of Falcony is (of course) wholly instrumental, and (also of course) utterly captivating, its nine melody-whipped-with-wyrd tracks poised somewhere between an electronic folk opera, and a lost-and-early Anthony Phillips album, if he’d served his apprenticeship in Popol Vuh.
Of course, different ears will discern different points of comparison, and “A Shooting Star Was I” may indeed have a similar feel to something from Eno’s Another Green World. But the album also pursues its own internal logic; though the tracks are clearly delineated, still a marvelous continuity unfolds as you track deeper into the disc, and fresh textures conjure their own sonic landscapes. A taste of Asia here, a hint of medieval there, a cloudless sky somewhere else. And “Urgent Curious” could not have a better title than that.