From the ultra-simple background rhythm of the first piece, once W. Muthspiels's electric guitar arrives, in come the shades of Pat Metheny at his non-virtuosic best. Actually - with the basic Towner mentality - _that_ dominates much of this recording.
The pieces alternate of Towner to Muthspiel, but as much there is a general compositional distinction between the two, the whole mood is very unified.
Towner gets the most solo space and dominates the recording, but I hear so many shades of the aforementioned P. Metheny [hear Towner's 'The Prowler' from 'Anthem' / ECM 2001 and compare it with 'Midwestern Nights Dream' from Metheny / ECM 1976] here that it must be some kind of a 'sign of the times', I think. We can't think of Towner, the leader of the project, being nearly as popular as Metheny, these days, can we? This is not to say there is an intentional imitation, just an influence of some kind. Towner still sounds like himself, its just the general feeling and Muthspiel's style.
Notable is also Muthspiel's very ECM-like _singing_ [in 'Amarone Trio'], because it brings beautiful and unique shades and balance to the whole work. The most lively piece on the record is likewise W. M.'s 'Nico und Mithra', a R. T. composition 'Travel Guide' being another of rhythmic liveliness, both in composition and performance. Otherwise the mood is rather calm yet highly expressive.
To sum: this recording consists of somewhat Metheny-sounding composition/performances from Towner & Muthspiel, with S. Grigoryan mostly comping. The whole of the music is in a personal way like a guitar trio answer to the mood of P. M.'s first solo record 'Bright Size Life'. As much as this is a group of Ralph Towner domination, the combined result sounds more like a mysterious reference to this other personality than a work of "pure" / historic Towner-style.
Conclusion: recommended for ones who could like highly expressive, "impressionistic", [partly] Metheny-influenced, acoustic/electro-acoustic, mostly non-virtuosic guitar trio music.