Musette (aka Joel Danell) releases the follow-up to Drape Me In Velvet, in the form of another 7 unusual, questing pieces. A Cosmic Serenade slides smoothly through waltzing ambience, odd sound effects, crashing rhythms, polka music… It actually achieves that very rare quality of being very hard to pin down. Nicely done. On Hapna.
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It is opener ‘Moonquake’ I’m particularly thinking about with regards to ‘nice’ - it's a little bossa nova instrumental with the most lovely ice skating organ sound. ‘Apocalypse’ is more discordant - kinda jazzy and cinematic with the kind of horns you might hear soundtracking a fight on a ’70’s cop show. As I proceed through the album the more it sounds like some ludicrous soundtrack for a vintage TV show, there are theremins (or things that sound like theremins) and that type of thing. It’s eerie, weird but every once in a while something lovely comes along like ‘Wiener Futurisms’ which will appeal to fans of Maston. Obviously influenced by the work of Ron Grainger and dare I say Ronnie Hazlehurst these are fitful light as feather themes with brilliant melodic twists and turns. Wonderfully authentic, the album straddles the cheesier elements with lovingly constructed instrumental movements.
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