Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Ambient, Prog | Heft: Jahrgang 2013, eclipsed Nr. 153 / 9-2013 | VÖ-Jahr: 2013 | Wertung: 7/10 | Label: Just For Kicks | Autor: AS

The composer and multi-instrumentalist Neil Campbell has so far followed a wide variety of musical paths. He has been experienced as an improviser, singer-songwriter and virtuoso string picker. Together with Andy Maslivec, who also plays bass in the Neil Campbell Collective, he explores another sound territory as Bulbs. The names of their comrades-in-arms make you sit up and take notice: Drummer Joey Zeb otherwise cares for the skins of the Liverpool dub formation The Zeb. And Marty Snape is an expert in electronic sounds. With relaxed arpeggios and repetitive chords, Campbell occasionally poached in Robert Fripp's claims. In most cases, however, it is more spacy and trippy to the point, with acoustic and electric guitars partly forming very attractive contrasts and just as gripping as original bass figures ("Frankinscensed") setting the tone. Math, Prog, Ambient and Dub elements make for an unusual marriage here. And with "Future Cities" and the final tricky "3572 Off" also King Crimson fans of the eighties get their money's worth.

Top track: Frankincensed

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