Opsvik & Jennings: A Dream I Used To Remember (2009)
The material on A Dream I Used to Remember contains a strong melodic streak. Grand melodies emerge from simple two-note figures; a little fillip will pass by almost unnoticed then become the main melody. The tracks are dense and filled with all sorts of surprises. Occasionally, a sweet heavenly choir appears from out of nowhere then slips back into the ether. A brass band provides decoration on "Another Lane Parade" and is part of a choir on "September And Starry Eyed." Instruments such as pump organ, banjo, steel guitar and various odd sounding keyboards have a prominent role in the fabric of this music.
Electronics still play a role, though, as the title track is made up of loops, crackly static and a tinkling music box that illustrates the dream state beautifully. The sound is sculpted from track to track but these ten pieces make a cohesive whole. Opsvik & Jennings are clearly skilled arrangers and instrumentalists, regardless of the style of music in which they are working.
Track Listing: A Dream I Used To Remember; Canada; Swimming Back Into The Picture; Anchor Lane Parade; Windswept; Steam And Bells; Sleepy Rush; The Good Eye; September And Starry Eyed; Sunroad.
Personnel: Eivind Opsvik: bass, electric bass, drums, percussion, lap steel guitar, piano, pump organ, keyboards, glass, vocals, software; Aaron Jennings: guitars, acoustic guitars, banjo, vocals, electronics, software; Nova Chamber Choir: vocals; Brian Dye: trombone; Rich Johnson: trumpet; Rob Jost: french horn; R.J. Miller: drums; Peter Opsvik: flute; Michelle Arcila: vocals.
Record Label: Loyal Label
Style: Beyond Jazz