Niels Van Hoorn

Colours

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A collaboration between the Legendary Pink Dots' Niels Van Hoorn and Ryan Moore, Colours is an eclectic sonic adventure. The album collects improvised recordings by Van Hoorn, played on his saxophones, clarinets, flutes, and keyboards, that were then mixed by Moore using his "effects kitchen." The result ranges from the free jazzy "Landscape" to the ominous synth groans and flute loops of "Indian Dakota," a dark, psychedelic swirl of Native American melodies and deep atmospherics. "Space Horns" proves to be appropriately titled, as Van Hoorn and Moore take the music to another dimension -- it's space station jazz, reminiscent of the work of the British experimental duo Spaceheads. "Desert Walk" evokes shades of zoviet*france, but Van Hoorn's music is more patterned and more conventional. If there's any flaw to the record, it's the extent that the music hopscotches -- Van Hoorn jumps from an upbeat groove like "Traffic Jam" that would please almost all listeners to an atonal experiment like "Grand Canyon" that might alienate those who aren't fans of improvisation. In the end, the former may not really be adventurous enough to embrace this album and the latter may find it insufficiently challenging.

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