This Steve's fourth CD, and his second duet project, and it continues the concept of using the electric bass and a variety of processing and looping equipment to create beautiful compositions, often improvised directly to tape.
For this CD Steve has teamed up with another player acclaimed for his use of loops in live performance, the saxophonist and flautist Theo Travis and it's hard to believe that this a fairly new pairing, such is the empathy between the two.There can be a risk in looped performance of the players' loops clashing but this never seems to be an issue on this album. In fact the players blend so well that sometimes it can be tricky to work out who's playing what.
The overall vibe is relaxed throughout, the more rythmical approach that Steve employed on his previous CD, "Not Dancing For Chicken", is only hinted at this time round.The playing from both parties is superb throughout with Steve providing plenty of moments to make bassists dive for the rewind button - check out the wah chords and Satriani-esque distortion solo on "Uncle Bernie". At times it is hard to believe that all the tones are produced from a bass and a soprano sax or flute, especially the keyboard like bass on the intro to "Blurred Vision" or the lush soundscapes of the title track.
Ironically, the stand out track for me is, for the most part, almost loop free and that is the jazzy ballad "Lovely" on which Theo plays some beautiful soprano over Steve's chordal accompaniment.
For those who pre-ordered the album there is also an extra 56 minutes of improvised music in the form of "It's Not Gonna Happen". This music was nearly the released CD and it's again well worth a listen ( try contacting Steve directly at his website
if you want this one as it was only intended as a pre-release freebie)