J'Matra

J'Matra

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J'Matra is Joshua Mobley and Tom Richardson. Their first self-titled album of music is extremely innovative and brimming with ingenious sonic contrasts. J'Matra begins with refreshing the "Turbulence," an acrobatic flute fantasia (David LaVorgna) set against a snappy trapset beat and a funky bass (Steve Berson). "Paramedic" is a languid, sultry jazz improvisation for trumpet (Olivier Brown) and guitar (Sean Washburn); electric lightning strikes in the distance. Crickets and strange layers of electric sounds build to form the backdrop for "Albuquerque Sunset"; telephone conversations bleed through. Then William J. Whorrell relates the story about his airplane takeoff that almost ended in disaster; the serene background music somehow overpowers the gripping story. Quite a contrast. "Space Jam" is a space music electric wilderness; "The Feather" contrasts persistent rhythmic patterns over a tamboura/string bass drone. Fresh rain offers a respite on "Rula"; low tubular sounds then echo like elephant dreams. A fanciful crystalline sequence dances over broad plains of sound in "Flash in the Filter"; an acid-jazz beat spells out "The Precision of Mathematics," while huge foghorns labor on "Toil" with cellist Steve Benson. The album ends with "Three Windows," again a study in contrasts. Surf and thunder creates a relaxing ambience; Benson's cello creaks like some lost dinosaur. Gradually, the cello finds a melody and is joined by a piano and the liquid sounds of a guitar (Chris Mondra) and synth strings. A carefree end to an adventure in sound.