Life Edits by Eric R Fairhurst
My music tastes are pretty diverse, and I found this artist through Facebook when I listened to one of his earlier songs. I will endeavour to write a fair appraisal of his work on this newest addition to his album list, "Life Edits".
Firstly, it's one of the best chill out albums I've heard in a long time. It took me to places in my mind that I hadn't been since listening to some of David Sylvian's early work.
"3am" reminds me of the spy film themes of the 70's. The drums chosen in this song fit superbly and adds a heartbeat effect.
I love the slightly off key notes in "Grief and Pine". It certainly lives up to its name; you can hear it in the instruments. The violins are wonderfully melodic whilst sounding sorrowful. Other parts of the song are like remembering good times, it then takes you back to the more sorrowful strains of the of the violins and soars back and forth, just like your emotions when you grieve or pine. Again the drum effects are excellent and give this an energy that runs through the whole song.
"Life in Thirds" has a wave effect in the music, lifting and soaring, then calming, just wonderful. The "instrument" running through the calming parts are obviously done through an electronic organ or computer, but it sounds like enhanced choir voices just singing "Ahhhhh". It's wonderful.
"Catch 22" has dark undertones and a wonderful match for the rest of the song as it transcends from dark to light.
Nocturnal Days, with its jazzy feel moves into a more arabian nights theme and then back again, great use of jazz and drums in this piece and one of my favourites.
"Whiskey and Bar" has a distinctive "bar room" feel and presumably hence the title. A mixture of jazz and lounge room. Not that I have been in many jazz clubs or lounge rooms, but I think everyone has an understanding of the type of music played in them. Whilst I don't dislike any of the songs on this album, this is probably comes under the least favourite heading. Although it's growing on me the more I hear it. Great use of saxophone.
"Donna" well what can I say about this one? A definite favourite. It takes me back to youth when Donna Summer was singing "I feel love", although this may be tribute to Donna Summer or someone Eric knows, only he can tell us!!!. One you can chill out to or "get your groove on" to (now I am showing my age!!). It's full of energy and so rhythmical it's hypnotic, just love it.
Ahhhh! "Midnight Lullaby" my absolute favourite on the album. It's as close to a classical piece as you can get. (I did say my tastes were diverse), Sit back and enjoy the way it rolls like a soft ocean wave. Eric has certainly captured the sense of what a lullaby should really be. Amazing piece of work.
"Heatwave" is another that calms despite the name of the song. Imagine you're in an open top car coasting one of the beautiful coast roads in America, feeling the breeze around you, the sun on you, and the blue ocean rolling to the shore, its white foam forming crescents in the sand as it throws itself to the shore. OR..... if that's too energetic, just lying on a beach with the hot sun baking the sand around you. Oh! Dear got carried away a bit there!!.
"Sleep", short, sweet and fitting end to a truly magical album.
Eric has used lots of different techniques including samples, computer and the actual instruments themselves with such harmony, energy and understanding in this album. Whilst all the time keeping a calming theme running through. I was glad to see so many diversities in song choice, it kept me interested. I have all Eric R Fairhurst's albums and I can say that this is the best one he has done.
This is a must buy.