Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Patrick O'Hearn - "Transitions" CD

With an impressive resume behind him (he was in Frank Zappa's band, among others), O'Hearn has quietly crafted a gorgeously subtle album of quietly introspective songs that skirt the lines between ambient and new age. "Transitions" consists of 9 mostly electronic instrumentals, based around emotive melodies and simple motifs. Don't expect any sort of bombast or cinematic drama here, as tracks like "Patterns" are brilliantly low-key, playing with sub-melodies and fragile minimalist structures. If you find Brian Eno too cold and detached, O'Hearn's "Transitions" would make an ample replacement, with plenty of mesmerizing, lilting atmospheres. Brilliant! (Patrick O'Hearn Music)

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