Saturday, May 26, 2018

Kit Downes - Obsidian (ECM 2018) cd

Take heed of this one. If cathedrals, knights and dungeons existed on spaceships, this is what music would be like there. Having recorded exclusively on church organs, up-and-coming pianist Kit Downes creates a hybrid of modern classical/jazz/improvisation/dirge/psychedelic with a variety of moods, from dark brooding funeral tones to playful dissonance (especially on the track "Modern Gods" where he inteplays with a sax), and with a droney, spacey, and sometimes bubbling style, like a mix between Arvo Part and Tangering Dream. Strong contender for album of the year. 2018 cd on ECM