Paradox One — Reality Quake
((Not on label) no#, 2000, CD)
by Jon Davis, Published 2001-07-01
Scotland’s Phil Jackson is the man behind Paradox One, and this initial release has been crafted over a number of years, based mostly on themes from science fiction. He starts out with “Urbmon 116,” a four-part piece based on Robert Silverberg’s The World Inside, a 1971 book set mostly in the giant city tower called Urban Monad 116. The musical piece consists mostly of keyboards of the analog sort, with some programmed drums and taped voices, and a short vocal section in the middle. Occasional guitars join in, mostly in supporting roles. The melodies are generally quite catchy, tending sometimes to a Vangelis anthem style, but the backing sequences are very good, burbling nicely. The second major piece is based on Robert Sheckley’s book Crompton Divided, and is to my ear less successful. It features some of the same qualities as the first piece, but the vocal section comes off as awkward, and the heavy section suffers from muddy recording. The album is rounded off with two shorter pieces, an Emerson-like organ workout with a great backing riff and a muffled-sounding drum machine, and a serene arrangement of Schumann’s “Kinderscenen.” Jackson has a many excellent ideas, and this disc, treated as a demo, bodes for some great work in the future.
Related artist(s): Paradox One (Phil Jackson)
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more
7d Surfaces Happy Rhodes Back Catalog – We've covered singer Happy Rhodes before, both for her solo work and recently with The Security Project, but her 11 albums have been hard to track down. Until now. 7d features high-quality downloads of all her releases, and several of them are also available on CD. » Read more
Fred Chalenor RIP – We have news of another sad passing in the world of creative music. Bassist Fred Chalenor, whose creativity featured on albums by Tone Dogs, Caveman Shoestore, and many more, died on June 23, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Tributes have poured in from the many musicians and fans whose lives he touched. » Read more