Instrumental Weekly - A Review by Jimmy
An Artist At The Top Of His
As a long time fan of Richard
Bone, I'm always glad (and relieved!) that each of his releases always seem
to just get better and better. I think the first Bone album I was exposed
to was The Eternal Now, and from that time forward, Richard has evolved into
one of the most dependable artists in the genre when it comes to intriguing
ideas, and stunning composition.
For his latest effort, Disorient
has a decidedly Middle-Eastern/Asian/Indian flavor to it. You can almost
smell the flinty desert with tracks like "Sundanaram" and "Buddha's in Baghdad".
Though elements of traditional ambient music can be found here, there is
definitely a sharper focus on a more worldly sound, with captivating melodies
that will make you long for places far, far away.
According to Richard, "...the
idea behind the Disorient was to create a surreal amalgam of global
sound...not worldbeat, but rather a multi-cultural hall of mirrors." Mission
accomplished throughout the 53 minutes of this album. There is a
familiar sound that seems to run at the core of each track on Disorient,
yet something completely exotic and unknown. Perhaps the title of the album
helps to underscore this feeling.
One thing I should point out
here: as with many of Richard's album's, the overall listening experience
is actually fun! The approach that Richard Bone takes to music is anything
but conventional, and you will constantly keep wondering what path he will
take you down next with Disorient. There are tracks on this album that will
make you just want to sit, listen, and daydream, while other pieces will
make you want to get up a dance a dervish in your living room. This is a
sophisticated, worldly, exciting album that will positively have you coming
back for more.
Last note...for those of you
who missed Richard's 2001 release entitled Tales from the Incantina, do yourself
a favor and find a copy today...for a fantastic ambient experience, that
recording is simply stunning.
Review by Jimmy D