Hopefully further experimentation will create something more substantial…
David Labi 2007
This is the trio of Asaf Sirkis, a drummer best known for his work with sax player Gilad Atzmon or guitarist Nicolas Meier. This album of his own compositions is bold in its attempt to create an original sound, but has few flashes where it attains anything deeper than ambiance.
With Sirkis are Steve Lodder on keys and Mike Outram on electric and acoustic guitars. Sirkis, originally from Israel, professes Tony William’s Life Time trio as a huge influence, and he is certainly striving to say some very profound things about the state of the Universe here, judging by the track names and his own comments.
This experimental jazz-rock often dwells in the background, and for large swathes of the album you feel as if you are treading a repetitive circle. But there are moments of depth and beauty.
Lodder on keys is rescued from being plodding by his choice of organ sounds. The effect of a church organ in several tracks is original and enchanting when you first hear it.
The titular first track, ‘‘The Song Within’’, with its pleasantly soporific ambiance, leads nicely into the crashing interstellar battle of track 2, the first part of the ‘‘Nothingness’’ suite. This rising anthem contains some fine licks from Outram.
Track 3, ‘’When You Ask Why’’ is typical of much of the album – a repetitive mutating line is overlaid with an endlessly climbing guitar track. Prog City. Apart from that a highlight is ‘’Miniature’’, which is reminiscent of late 90s stoner music.
This album is rescued from mediocrity by the aforementioned majestic organ sounds, by the relentless energy of Outram, and by an overall aesthetic that strives more for atmosphere than detail. Hopefully further experimentation will create something more substantial…