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Random Touch: A View From The Heard

"Autonomous music-making…Freeform by definition…Yet our performances seek just one goal: That of producing music that reaches in to your most internal thoughts and stimulates your sense of wonder." – James Day, keyboards.

Music is a language, and as such should contain certain elements placed in a certain sequence in order to maintain a sense of grammar and syntax, which allows the person receiving the message to understand it. When bands start throwing out elements of the language or arranging it in such a sequence as to make their message unintelligible, they should not be surprised if nobody understands what they're trying to say.

Random Touch is a trio from Illinois who have been making improvised music together since the 70s. A Way From The Heard is the band's 12th release. The music contained herein is an extremely difficult listen at the best of times. The band just seems to create a cacophony of notes and beats, with the occasional "otherworldly voice" thrown into the mix. The quote above seems to be like a challenge to the listener. Well, once again, I cannot rise to said challenge. All these "improv" types seem to be saying that if you don't find this sort of musical maelstrom enlightening, you're just not getting it. However, I usually find that this sort of music seems self-indulgent and the only ones who will get any true satisfaction from it will be those who had a hand in its creation.

I've been an avid music collector for over 30 years now. In that span of time I've encountered a lot of fanatical fans, spanning every genre under the sun. I'm at a loss to think of one person to whom I could wholeheartedly recommend this disc.

Track Listing:

  1. Morphing, Jupiter (2:11)
  2. Skating The Rings (4:34)
  3. All That Happened Was (4:38)
  4. Hint Of Dawn (4:54)
  5. Footprints Of Mars (2:58)
  6. Hanging Out Windows (4:00)
  7. Inhabit The Groove (5:16)
  8. A Fairy Tooth Cake (2:59)
  9. Seeing Though (3:20)
  10. Coming Up (8:22)
  11. From Beverly Hills (1:22)
  12. Into The Crevice (4:25)
  13. Mercenary (3:46)
  14. Blue Ice (2:12)

Added: September 3rd 2009
Reviewer: Yves Dubé
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Language: english

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