Bart D. : A few days ago when on my way by bike, I caught myself singing and humming to the melodies of 'Blast Off', the opening track of 'Separate Realities'. Now, I never bicycle with an mp3-player on me, so this means the song really got stuck with me. What was more surprising, is that it wasn't just one melody, but at least three different ones that came up randomly. It took me a while to figure out these were all part of this same song, and that this song is courtesy of Trioscapes. Not only is 'Blast Off' the opener of their album, it's also the one song pre-released to warm people up to the album before it was released. So it is the song I have gotten to know best the last month or three. Which makes it safe to say that I expect to unexpectedly start humming other songs from this album in the future: there are simply too many catchy and brilliant lines to be discovered on there! Be it the great bass work of Dan Briggs or the saxophone splendour of Walter Fancourt - heck, I am even seduced into singing along to the awesome drumming of Matt Lynch when I've got nothing around to beat on while listening!
I know it is hard to digest a trio made up of drums, bass and sax (and the occasional flute) for those used to guitars and vocals taking the lead. Believe me, as a guitarist it took me quite some years to truly appreciate other instruments. But that was then, and this is now. And that's how fresh Trioscapes sound: influenced by legendary groups like Mahavishnu Orchestra, King Crimson and Frank Zappa, this is not necessarily a rehash of their influences. The compositions simply are too solid, too focussed on being good, compact and an independent statement. There is no needless noodling, only rock-solid grooving and incredibly tight team-playing. At first listen, I was a bit put off by how tight it was: I am used to a looser feel when listening to this kind of music. But it grows on you, and instead of feeling like "damn click-track", you start nodding to the relentless groove. I hope we'll get to hear that Trioscapes will come play throughout Europe, because I can't wait to see this live! Meanwhile, there is nothing wrong with getting beat up by this record on a regular basis!