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Perdomo, Fernando: Out To Sea 3 - The Storm

Arriving one year apart, Fernando Perdomo’s three part Out To Sea journey reaches its destination with The Storm. As the previous instalments have, Part 3 offers up an expressive instrumental voyage, although on this occasion things do take a while to whip up into a maelstrom. As he did on the debut instalment Perdomo casts off in almost pure solo configuration, handling everything we hear other than ‘brass birds’ on the opening and final tracks, “Out To Sea 3 Theme” and “Dawn”, which come from his girlfriend Cyndi Trissel. The former of the two introduces things in restrained setting and that’s an approach that continues on for most of the first half of what is a reasonably short outing.

“Frenzy” however, lives up to its name as it cranks up the tempo and intensity with a real sense of urgency. Still residing, as much has up to now, in acoustic or clean mode, Perdomo’s percussive work injects a real purpose into proceedings and as that new life kicks into the almost jaunty “Tambourines Of Malmo”, so the storm indicated in the cover art comes to fruition. Yet, this is still a considered collection and one that requires close listening to truly engage with, which in itself, is no bad thing. The insistence continues on into “Doom Is Often Loud”, although with a different intention, before “The Crab” evolves the journey further and “Dawn” brings this three album excursion to an end.

Beautifully crafted and presented as it is, it’s no surprise that (unintentionally) I’ve found my review focusing away from the first half of this album, as, in truth, to me what comes in that section has too much of a feeling of scene setting about it. Considered and restrained, “Wonder” and “Cycles” undoubtedly captivate but it isn’t quite until the later, more forceful moments that the full effects of what Perdomo is capable of come into focus. For me that causes the final instalment of this tale to maybe be the least immediate, although it does grow into something befitting of what has come before.

A man of many styles and talents, where Fernando Perdomo goes now that his ocean faring days are over, who knows, but the notice he has captured during the Out To Sea saga hasn’t happened by accident and all three parts come recommended.

Track Listing
1. Out to Sea 3 Theme
2. Wonder
3. Cycles
4. The Storm
5. The Great Known
6. Frenzy
7. Tambourines of Malmo
8. The U.F.O. Club
9. Doom is Often Loud
10. The Crab
11. Dawn

Added: July 2nd 2020
Reviewer: Steven Reid
Related Link: Out To Sea 3 @ bandcamp
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Language: english

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