Title - 'Emergent'
Artist - Burnt Belief
For those not in the know, Burnt Belief (which is a GREAT name for a band, especially in the world we currently live in) houses bassist Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree/Metallic Taste of Blood/O.R.k etc) and experimental US guitarist Jon Durant.
Inspired by the unspoken and hidden truths behind our daily reality, their brand new collaborative work is Emergent, the third in a trilogy of works from the talented duo.
Emergent builds on the duo's previous work whilst still exploring the fundamental aspects that define Burnt Belief's sonic world, namely hypnotic rhythmic elements seamlessly blended with lush guitar led soundscapes and deep ambient atmospherics. Emergent also showcases the intense and unpredictable, yet satisfying guitar playing from Durant, who manages to tame elemental, skittish and frequently unsettling tones, by subtly wrapping them in layers of magnetic aura.
1. "The Bubble Bursts"
2. "More Snow"
3. "The Confidence of Ignorance"
5. "Until The Stars Go Out"
6. "Language of Movement"
7. "Turning Torso"
8. "Ghosts Aquatic"
In truth though, and especially if you have listened to them before, whether this creative duo are exploring more ambient landscapes, more cosmic or mystical sounding territories, there's always some jazz-sensibilities to their work. Don't get me wrong, I'm not suggesting for one minute that this is a jazz album, or for that point a full on prog rock album, but an underbelly of key interludes does lean that way - which just makes for a very elegant, sophisticated style of music re: multiple layered genres.
Drumming throughout is Vinny Sabatino, who brings an inventive, muscular and precise beat to complement Colin Edwin's expansive and expressive fretless and upright basses. Emergent amply rewards repeated listens, unveiling it's layered coalescence of antithetical components gradually, such as the discordant conversational flexes between upright bass and electronic percussion during "Until the Stars Go Out", or the measured rhythmic resolution during "The Confidence of Ignorance".
Indeed, as is a whole with Emergent, the songs tend to ebb and flow in pace and intensity, with any room made available at the time of recording filled admirably with a delicate, cinematic, ambient even interludes. The first of the tracks is "The Bubble Burst", a cut that at just over six minutes in length is still only the second shortest on the album. For with each track having an average life span of close to seven to eight minutes each ("Turning Torso" is over ten minutes in length), what unfolds - gradually, before full on exploration is upon us - are tension-culled, thought provoking meditations, one and all.
Emergent is a genre defying journey for intrepid listeners keen to explore new musical territories and I fully recommend it to anyone who has either heard of the band, or Porcupine Tree (or even early King Crimson for that matter), and to those who have strayed across this review and are none the wiser about Burnt Belief. Hopefully, by having now read this review, you have been educated in their ways, their sounds and are overly curious to check them out some more. I truly hope so.
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