Redhooker - The Future According To Yesterday EP
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Redhooker
The Future According To Yesterday EP
(Soft Landing)

Redhooker is the newest side project from musician Stephen Griesgraber, who also plays guitar in the chamber rock group Slow Six. In terms of construction, The Future According To Yesterday EP has a few things in common with his other group, drawing inspiration for minimalism and classical music, moving forward with a steady, but melancholy gait that seems to let each instrument sparkle.

Although the short release (just under a half hour in length) is comprised of four tracks, it really sounds like one long movement, with gradual shifts and turns that keep things interesting. Although the release was inspired a year living in a quiet, isolated port village named Red Hook, it seems that the recording locale (700 feet above ground in a vacated law office in Manhattan NY) might have figured into things as well. The lovely artwork depicts de-saturated individuals viewed from above, and there's something about this detached viewing of everyday life that seems to weave into the songs as well.

"Sometimes She Speaks Gently" opens the release, and finds quiet clarinet and violin wrapping around one another while Rhodes piano notes add another warm melody. It's a true introduction piece, not really building to anything while setting the stage for "Animus," which takes the same elements (along with some deft guitar playing from Griesgraber) and lets them play off one another in a dancerly way, resulting in the most spirited track on the release. Directly following it, "Sunday Silence" goes in the opposite direction, with droning, somewhat dissonance electronics creating a dark backdrop that only lets a short, sad section of violin, clarinet, and Rhodes escape.

The music is very evocative, and as mentioned above, for some reason (probably due to the artwork), it reminds me of a less mechanical and more fragile take on the same sort of ideas that Glass's music for Koyaanisqatsi. It's a little more humanist, a lot less driving, but very nicely captures the feel of watching people go about their lives in a world where its sometimes hard to look on the bright side.

rating: 710
Aaron Coleman 2007-08-09 21:05:14