Trip to the Moon: The Invisible Line (Jazzscore)

 |   |  <1 min read

Trip to the Moon: Still Very Cool
Trip to the Moon: The Invisible Line (Jazzscore)

Trip to the Moon is another installment (the fifth?) of the long-running if intermittent project of Auckland multi-instrumentalists/producers Tom Ludvigson and Trevor Reekie, and various fellow-travelers: here Greg Johnson on trumpet, saxophonist Jim Langabeer, Ian “Dr Glam” Chapman on hang drums, guitarist Nigel Gavin, bassist Peter Scott and oud player Haitham Mazyan.

Here jazz, lounge, world music, imagined soundtracks and contemporary art music meet, and the genre-denying music alludes to much more through sonic samples, ambient passages, beat-driven trip-hop . . .

Yes, a real trip, and any line between genres is invisible.

There are sections of gentle beauty (the ambient languor in the first half of The Landscapes Listens before the astral flight takes off, the stately and spare piano of Terese) just as there are disconcerting sections (the twisted pop guitars and propulsive Gatekeeper at the end, as attention-getting as the dramatic flourish of Opening Notes at the start).

Although a dozen pieces are identified, within each the music morphs into new shapes as traditional instruments sit alongside synths (oud and Fripp-like guitar on I Give Me All), coordinates gently shift (Slant of Light a nod-off headphones treat) and reference points become irrelevant.

An inventive, engrossing soundtrack to a trip into wherever.

The Invisible Line is available from here. Like the sound of this? Then try albums by this guy.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music at Elsewhere articles index

Bob Dylan: The Rolling Thunder Revue; The 1975 Live Recordings (Sony, 14 CD box set)

Bob Dylan: The Rolling Thunder Revue; The 1975 Live Recordings (Sony, 14 CD box set)

When Bob Dylan resumed his Rolling Thunder Revue tour in April 1976 for dates around the South -- four months after the first incarnation had finished playing around the US North-east and into... > Read more

King Creosote: Flick the Vs (Domino)

King Creosote: Flick the Vs (Domino)

Scottish singer-songwriter Kenny Anderson, aka King Creosote, gets away more albums and EPs than I see local buses: I think he's closing in on Bob Dylan's tally somewhere in the mid-40s -- and he... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

BODYOGRAPHY, photographs by CHRIS VAN RYN

BODYOGRAPHY, photographs by CHRIS VAN RYN

Some months ago the Auckland photographer Chris Van Ryn, whose innovative and often moving work I have long admired, told me he was putting a collection of some of his images into a book. I was... > Read more

My Bloody Valentine: Loveless (1991)

My Bloody Valentine: Loveless (1991)

Some years ago at the invitation of JB Hi-Fi, Elsewhere was invited to create a list of 101 albums of the rock era for The Cornerstone Collection, a small format magazine given away through their... > Read more