Various ‎– Directions

Direction Music ‎– dmc 01
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Album conceived and compiled Sept/Dec. 1988.

Music remains copyright of the artistes.
Many thanks to all musicians concerned.
P.1989 Direction Music


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June 4, 2012
D.M.s first cassette release & a compilation album to boot. Not many of the people on this have since released whole albums on the label, but one or two have.
GREG TRUCKELL opens play with a little thing called “Stiletto” - beginning like melodic New Age, then beefing up into an upbeat piece with a nice flowing bass-line. It still would fit onto one of those “Horizons” type commercial albums & not sound out of place - I mean this as praise rather than criticism. It’s a well-fleshed-out track full of colour & variety. TIM STORY & DWIGHT ASHLEY contribute the next two tracks - “Motion Carried” is an atmospheric piece moving without apparent motion through Mother-Of-Pearl clouds, while “Nothing Had Changed” is a more sombre, reflective, almost sad piece of music, slowly spreading out like Brownian ripples over a still & apparently barren land, “Krakatoa” by KEVIN O'NEILL clocks in at over 9 minutes & is a bright, yet shapeless, light yet dramatic piece of synthesizer sound, perhaps owing as much to 70’s European Synth music as to New Age, a white, gaseous music forever changing & flowing. The first side concludes with ‘Sunset Incarceration" by PHILIP MEGA, is another moody, dramatic piece of synthesizer music, sounding otten like VANGELIS’ “Blade Runner” soundtrack, changing shape & tempo every now & then, into something new & exciting, metamorphic & brilliant - this guy should be doing film soundtracks - he’s damn good at what he does.

PAUL NAGLE opens side 2 with “The Fugue", another darker piece of music gradually growing, and a drum machine breakns in to add rhythm & beat, albeit well back in the mix while all manner of synths play over the top. The track twists & turns, gradually building into a fairly medium-paced mover which finally whisks itself away. ROBERT ANDREWS breaks the synth dominance of this album with over 6 minute piece of acoustic guitar playing with only a short break from what sounded like muted sax somewhere in the middle. This piece, called “Blue Reveille" is minimalism compared with what the others have been doing. Next up, RIMARIMBA offer us a fairly Medieval-sounding piece - once again keyboards - called "Gaelic Progress” which clocks in at over eleven minutes long. It works itself up into a furore of music, without losing the overall flavour. The album closes with “Moonset/Sunrise” by DAVID TOLHURST. It begins ponderously, sombrely, moodily, suggesting images of moon against a midnight blue, starless sky. It picks itself up into something a lot more descriptive.

Overall I would describe this as being New Age without the Sugar-sweetness of most of this music. It is calming, and it is quiet, but the absence of Pan Pipes and silvery Flutes make a nice change.

Originally reviewed for Soft Watch.