Knitting By Twilight - Weathering
Though not explicit, there is a Middle Eastern feel to the eight instrumentals that make up Knitting By Twilight. Though the songs on "Weathering" reference in their titles rain, pools, stars, dreams, there is an expansive tone to all of them, suggesting, not the specific, but, like the desert, full of wonder, danger, and mile after mile.
The percussive sorcery of "Heavy Water" and the languid "Biddeford Pool" have an arid beauty, as does "A Thousand Stars." Jonh Orsi's assortment of keyboards, bells, metals and toms create intricate sonic possibilities even when, as on "Harold's Budds" and "The Doorman's Dream," only a few minimal paths are chosen. The welcome sound of Mike Marando's guitar up front in the mix on "Rainy Day Trains" just deepens, McLaughlin style, the meditative echoes from Orsi's grab bag.
Largely mellow but wide in ambition, the subtle keyboard driven instrumentals of "Weathering" hint at the places beyond place, whether it be dream, desert, glacier or ocean. Knitting By Twilight have conceived their most cinematic work, and this is truly a soundtrack that asks the listener to bring their own dreams and images to the table while hearing these tracks.
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