Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Moment Love's Appeal
Those who only know Rowe’s work as part of Pierre Moerlen’s Gong might be expecting the tricksy time signature fusion for which the bass player is rightly regarded. That this album is about a million miles removed from that genre is however no cause for disappointment.
As befits the title, the mood is sensual throughout, governed by a Latin-based sensibility, and a late-night ember-glow ambience. The intimate mood arising from Jordi Torrens’ laid back guitar and Rowe’s fluid bass is skilfully accented by tasteful percussion from guest players including Benoît Moerlen and François Causse.
This is a wonderfully atmospheric collection of languid, exquisitely-played pieces. Mostly it’s instrumental, revolving around a series of tasteful runs, gracefully deployed against a gently lilting backdrop. Every now and then, Rowe’s husky, half-spoken vocals pop up. Tango Azul and an evocative, sultry cover of America’s Tin Man work surprisingly well.
You can find out more about the duo and hear tracks from this album here.