This album, the 4th of the Trance Mission releases, features a singularly different line-up from the band's previous recordings with original members Stephen Kent - Didjeridu, Percussion & Cello-Sintir and Beth Custer - Clarinets, Trumpet and Back-up Vocals being joined in a live concert at St. John's Church, Berkeley California by long term part time member Eda Maxym - Vocals, and Peter Valsamis - Drums, Percussion and Electronics. Recorded in 1999 this concert was the culmination of an active period of live performances featuring this line-up that had been working both in Europe and the USA since the original quartet had parted ways in 1997. Though a number of the tracks - Monkfish, Tunnels, Head Light, Chasing the Moon Rabbit and Go Play Outside - are originally featured on "Trance Mission", "Meanwhile" and "Head Light" the new flavors brought to these versions by Valsamis' driving drum grooves and Maxym's unforgettable vocal pipes bring an altogether different sensibility to this recording, produced again by team member Simon Tassano (Richard Thompson, Lights in a Fat City). It also contains shredding renditions of live favorites such as "Tjilpi 2" and "Working Wheel", a piece originally credited to Kent/Maxym/Geoffrey Gordon as Rocking Horse People in a City of Tribes label compilation, Event Horizon Psi.
"While their studio efforts have always been top notch, the sort of music that Trance Mission produces tends to work much better in a live setting, and this disc proves it with performances that crackle with an energy and spirit even more vibrant than any of their previous discs."
"The live setting brings to the foreground the ludic element of dance that has always been.
In general, the album is not so much an anthology of past work as a document of the state of the art of this commune of musicians. For example, it includes two versions of Head Light, which act like two different remixes of the same song: the first one is in the vein of Jon Hassell's mellow and cryptic fourth world music, the second one is all pounding tribal dance. Working Wheel continues along these lines of exorcizing orgiastic rhythms embellished with jazzy clarinet and african vocalizing. Coherent with this program, the band returns to Chasing The Moon Rabbit, a track originally featured on Meanwhile, and to Monkfish, from Head Light, two of their most savage tracks ever. Go Play Outside, from Meanwhile, almost mutates into a techno locomotive.
Three new tracks unveil a further evolution in the sound of the band, in particular Curious Wine is a song (truly a song), which leverages on the melodic theme in the clarinet and is propelled by the ever incessant rhythm of didjeridu and percussions; and Secret Void, a fairy tale told and sung by Maxym in a vocal style that is reminiscent of Meredith Monk. "
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