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Taylor's Universe



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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars Well I guess you could say that this is where I get off of the Robin Taylor bus. I've listened to a good cross section of his music from his three different projects and have come to the conclusion that he is one very talented multi-instrumentalist and composer. And he certainly likes to work with like minded people. This is not to say I won't be checking out any more of his music in the future, I just feel like my journey with him has come to an end here. And i'm thankful to be ending it with this album called "Pork" because it's one of his best. The album cover features a young cross-eyed Mary (maybe not) and the music continues to be adventerous and very enjoyable. This is a great album and I believe it was the second release under the TAYLOR'S UNIVERSE band name.

"Sir Vannah" has these intricate sounds that build as the trumpet comes in and plays over top. Some vocal expressions too. The trumpet becomes the focus ala Miles Davis. Great track. "Horsemens Parade" has this intense intro then it settles with organ. Drums, guitar and fuller sound follows. Outbursts of sound come and go to end it. "Porky Park" is one of my favourites. A mechanical rhythm with bass and synths early on before vocal expressions and trumpet join in.The tempo picks up late. "Ghost Dance (Indian Hip Hop)" features drums and percussion before turning fuller before a minute. "Syte 2" is mostly bass, trumpet and cymbals with some brief spoken words.These spoken words open up "The S.O.S. Coincidence" then trumpet and sparse sounds take over. I like it ! Spoken words end it.

"Hard To Realize" opens with keys, trumpet and percussion. It kicks in heavily around 2 minutes with guitar, drums and more. It settles back again before 3 minutes. It's building before 4 minutes. Nice.These contrasts continue. "Another Rainy Day" opens with atmosphere and it's kind of eerie.This continues throughout. Drums come to the fore around 5 minutes as the guitar cries out. The drums settles back but the crying guitar and atmosphere continue reminding me a lot of Terje Rypdal. "Let's Run Away And Be Indians" opens with the sounsds of people struggling as the music pulsates. Female vocal melodies a minute in. Amazing sound 2 minutes in then it settles back. An eerie calm 3 minutes in. This is really good.

I highly recommend "Pork" and for that matter most of Robin Taylor's works.This was a lot of fun.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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