227

Taylor's Universe: Return To Whatever

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Taylor's Universe: Return To Whatever Danish multi-instrumentalist Robin Taylor has a soft spot in his heart for the glory days of 1970s, Canterbury rock fare. The differentiator lies within his translucent mergence of the old with the new. However, noticeably absent from Taylor's Universe is Danish reedman and ex-Secret Oyster saxophonist Karsten Vogel, who has been a mainstay with the unit for several years. With Return To Whatever, he's replaced by Carsten Sindvald for a progressive-rock jamboree, highlighted by Taylor's memorable compositions and clever arrangements.

The band's overall muse incorporates crunching backbeats, phased guitars, whimsical organ parts and yearning horns. Yet they carve out a loping and ethereal blues walk, featuring Taylor's mesmeric piano voicings on "July 6th," where the beguiling prog- rock hook nicely balances out the rhythm section's mid-tempo pulse. Moreover, Taylor's soaring laser guitar lines add a compelling edge. In other regions of sound, the unit doles out attractive thematic forays and polytonal background treatments.

Violinist Pierre Tassone adds some quiet thunder on several pieces. But they comingle an airy, Canterbury rock-drenched motif with mystical flutes and heavy rock patterns on "Earth," featuring Sindvald's spirited sax phrasings. Taylor and his band devise an all-embracing throwback to the golden days of prog-rock with a contemporary spin and, of course, a personal touch that offers a new flavor to older wine. More importantly, the leader's magnetic compositions beckon repeated listens due to his penchant for building motifs centered upon catchy melodies and the musicians' energized riffing.


Track Listing: Mooncake; July 6th; Haunted Yellow House; The Atlas Clock; Earth; Pink Island; Mooncake-reprise.

Personnel: Carsten Sindvald: saxophones; Pierre Tassone: violin; Michael Denner: guitars; Robin Taylor: laser guitar, keyboards, percussion, etc.; Flemming Muus Tranberg: bass; Klaus Thrane: drums; Tine Lilholt: Celtic harp, flute; Louise Nipper: voice.

Title: Return To Whatever | Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: Mals


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Towards Language CD/LP/Track Review Towards Language
by John Eyles
Published: June 23, 2017
Read The Romeo and Juliet Project CD/LP/Track Review The Romeo and Juliet Project
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 23, 2017
Read Saluting Sgt. Pepper CD/LP/Track Review Saluting Sgt. Pepper
by Roger Farbey
Published: June 23, 2017
Read Crystal Machine CD/LP/Track Review Crystal Machine
by Glenn Astarita
Published: June 23, 2017
Read Saluting Sgt. Pepper CD/LP/Track Review Saluting Sgt. Pepper
by Karl Ackermann
Published: June 22, 2017
Read Thick as Thieves CD/LP/Track Review Thick as Thieves
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 22, 2017
Read "Ears Are Filled With Wonder" CD/LP/Track Review Ears Are Filled With Wonder
by John Sharpe
Published: August 20, 2016
Read "From Two Balconies" CD/LP/Track Review From Two Balconies
by Geno Thackara
Published: March 21, 2017
Read "Altadena" CD/LP/Track Review Altadena
by Mark F. Turner
Published: December 9, 2016
Read "Pomona" CD/LP/Track Review Pomona
by Mark Sullivan
Published: October 16, 2016
Read "Earprint" CD/LP/Track Review Earprint
by Jerome Wilson
Published: October 14, 2016
Read "Abbey Road Sessions, Vol 1" CD/LP/Track Review Abbey Road Sessions, Vol 1
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: September 25, 2016

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.