The melodic explorations of Richard Bone's
DISORIENT have the quality of something percolated in dream and pulled from the
deeper recesses of feeling. Additionally, the title may be a pun, as the album
overflows with references to "the Orient" (though skewed as they pass
through the filter of Bone's futuristic electronic treatments). Through the
presence of Eastern modalities (and the use of electronic approximations of
instruments from North Africa, India, and Asia) the listener may have the
impression of strolling through a Japanese tea garden in space.
The opener, "In Japa," sends small melodic strains through an ether
of celestial bells and chimes. A vaguely tribal rhythm builds under simple
piano lines and spectral atmospherics in "Intricate Autumn." Except
for its DJ-inspired beat, "Sudanaram" wouldn't sound out of place in
a temple in New Dehli, and the edgy, insistent "Arabaya" shows Bone
moving away from his trademark calming ambience. Likewise, the closer,
"Buddha's in Baghdad," mines a funky, bobbling dance beat. DISORIENT
is music for the body and spirit, and corroborates the Plato quote on the
album's inner sleeve: "Rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward
places of the soul."
2004 Muze Inc.