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Album · 2018

Filed under Fusion
By SOFT MACHINE

Tracklist

1 Hidden Details 7:36
2 The Man Who Waved At Trains 5:00
3 Ground Lift 5:21
4 Heart Off Guard 2:29
5 Broken Hill 3:49
6 Flight Of The Jett 2:12
7 One Glove
8 Out Bloody Intro 2:41
9 Out Bloody Rageous (Part1) 4:56
10 Drifting White 1:47
11 Life On Bridges 8:05
12 Fourteen Hour Dream 6:24
13 Breathe 5:12
Bonus Track (Japan Edition Only)
14 Night Sky 3:19

Line-up/Musicians

Bass Guitar – Roy Babbington
Drums, Percussion – John Marshall
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar – John Etheridge
Guest, Chimes [Wind Chimes] – Nick Utteridge (tracks: 13)
Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute [Flutes], Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes Piano] – Theo Travis

About this release

Dyad Records ‎– DY029 (UK)

Recorded at Temple Music Studio, Surrey, 20/21/22 December 2017

Thanks to snobb for the addition and js for the updates

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Its nice to see the longest running act in the world of jazz-rock fusion is still at it, but its even nicer hearing them operating at a creative peak more similar to their early years. I don’t know if this is a live in the studio performance, but it sounds like one. The songs naturally segue way into each other, and there is no evidence of over dubs as every performer is quite clearly in the moment and interacting with their band mates. At this point in their career, Soft Machine are able to cover all the different phases of their past, particularly their jazzy horn driven music of the early 70s, and their more muscular guitar driven jazz-rock of the mid-70s. What’s particularly notable about the current lineup is that they often break things down so that only one or two people are carefully interacting and taking their time building unique sounds and melodies. These frequent changes in ensemble makeup and texture help make “Hidden Details” the interesting listen that it is.

As mentioned earlier, the many styles of Soft Machine are on display here. There are a couple of lengthy funky rock numbers for those who seek the guitar shredding of Chris Etheridge. Theo Travis shines on flute on some up tempo jazz, and on “Life on Bridges”, the whole band goes off on a noisy free improv. “Heart Off Guard” and “Broken Hill” contain moments of pure pastoral melody, and elsewhere they re-visit Soft Machine’s classic minimalist tributes to Terry Riley. There are a couple tracks from previous Soft albums, but this band clearly puts their own stamp on those cuts. The album closes on a good note with the floating looped sounds of Travis' flute. “Hidden Details” is one of the better Soft Machine albums to come out in a while, In particular, Theo Travis on woodwinds and keyboards seems to be in touch with those elements that constituted some of this band’s best music.

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