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Knitting By Twilight: Weathering

Knitting by Twilight is a Northeastern USA band made up of percussionist John Orsi, who also produced the album and plays keyboards; Manny Silva, who plays most of the guitar parts, and Mike Marando, who also plays bass and guitar. This is an instrumental extravaganza of sound. Full of everything from pots, pans, whisks and everything but the kitchen sink. But they do a fantastic job of integrating these daily sounds along with the keyboards and guitar to make some innovative music which will dazzle and delight, if you keep an open mind. The water sounds are very effective as electronics and percussion blend well with natural sounds.

'A Thousand Islands' opens the album with cool smooth keys setting the stage in the background as percussion fills the open space in front. Bass and other guitars are added as the pace picks up and the keys weave some cool melodies. The lead guitar joins in later to fill in any open sound gaps and this production is off to a great start, full of Larry Fast like sound with real percussion instruments, straight from the kitchen.

'Clouds and Stars' opens with drum like rhythms before the keys join in to add color. A very cool rhythm continues with the keys delivering all of the action. 'Heavy Water' opens fast with keys and some pounding percussion before more eerie keys and guitar sounds enter to add dynamics to the soundscape. As it moves along, this song would fit perfectly on either a thriller or sci fi genre movie soundtrack.

'Biddeford Pool' is one of my favorite songs on the album. It opens with the sounds of water, and when you Google the track's title you will understand the origin of the idea for the track. The percussion starts and then some great keys join in. The bird noises and beach sounds fill the soundscape and you are transported to this beautiful place through music.

'Harold's Budds' opens with chimes and eerie keyboards before guitars and bass join in to provide cool chill sounds. The guitars play some heavy riffs which helps provide some variety to the musical chemistry.

'The Doorman's Diary Dream' opens with shy, brilliant keys and tymps, like a morning eye opener. More of that spacey vastness of sound fills the sound chamber as the keys build and create rhythm.

'Rainy Day Trains' is full of more percussion and evolving keyboard sounds which fill the sound space completely as the guitar and bass provide reflective rhythms.

'Weathering' is full of more morning opening like percussion and keys and this time what sounds like Asian influences. The guitar work adds dimension to the sound and provides additional nuances.

Track Listing:

1. A Thousand Islands
2. Clouds and Stars
3. Heavy Water
4. Biddeford Pool
5. Harold's Budds
6. The Doorman's Diary Dream
7. Rainy Day Trains
8. Weathering

Added: August 15th 2011
Reviewer: Mark Johnson
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