There is a haunting, but very British sound to this latest work from John Surman. Using a range of saxophones and other instruments, Surman has conjured the very essence of his childhood landscapes, a combination of sea-shore melodies with almost classical, romantic themes incorporated into his compositions. Backing himself on loops of sythesizers on some tracks adds a sense of time and space to the proceedings, and adds to the listening pleasure.
If an album of over-dubbed and over-recorded sax sounds a little inaccesible, prepare to be very pleasantly surprised indeed. This is one of the finest albums I've heard in terms of recreating memories of times past. Typically crisp, clean ECM production only adds to the audio experience. Recommended.