Producer extraordinaire David Motion's (Red Box, Tommy Page, Strawberry Switchblade) long-awaited solo debut is essentially based on the notion of: what if classical music came in the form of pop singles? And the conceit works wondrously -- Motion really has created a new type of classical music for the turn of the century. Each of the songs has its own unique style and structure, its own "pop" sensibility, and elevates the fine art of instrumental music to another level. "Haste to the Wedding" and "Call to Charms" are reminiscent of Motion's soundtrack work with Sally Potter (Orlando), while "Chamber Music IV" could have been laid under one of Motion's brilliant Red Box The Circle & the Square sound beds. "Cirrus" even harkens back to Motion's seminal work with Evelyn Glennie. Other standout tracks are the haunting "Idle Green," the lush "Slowfall," the ominous "Twin Towers," and the especially hypnotic (and far too brief), "Hands." Neo-Classic is a brilliant double entendre of a title. Not only does does the album define its own genre, it also lives up to its claim. What David Motion has come up with is -- in every sense of the word -- new classical music.
by Tomas Mureika