In Chaos, Clouds and Tongue there are many elements working together -
but nothing clutters up the view. It's no simple feat to have music so
full of content and not have it feel muddied. Clear like a Haydn string
quartet: lots going on but with no musical baggage. Or stained glass
windows: plenty of colors, patterns and a big picture, but it lets the
light through --- or more simply: like a fisherman's net.
Stephen Jay has taken all of his unique approaches to musical cultures,
contrasting textures and lyrics and woven them together into views out
windows, looking up at skies, dancing over the ground, contemplations
and musings which will be unique for every listener –a spacious and
complex experience which can vary over time just as the clouds in the
sky – same view above yet never the same. Taking part in this inventive
tour of sounds are Pete Gallagher on drums and additional drumming and
percussion by Ian and Miles Jay.Miles provides driving yet gentle force
on upright bass on a few tracks with Stephen Jay’s electric bass which
supports every track on the album.