I admit I was very skeptical of Joe's latest album, Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards, not least of all because of his rather lackluster output of late. Skeptical, that is, before I actually heard the latest songs.
This song has the potential to be a great composition. From what I've heard from the video podcasts it seems to hark back to the days of Crystal Planet, with a huge sound and crystal clear melodies. When I heard this song for the first time my pessimism instantly turned to optimism. Could it be that the old Satch is back?
Yes it could!! This song is subliminally cool! Mike Keneally's key-work offers a really ethereal dream-like quality to the piece, and again Satch's melodic guitar phrasing harkens back to his glory days. Satch stated that he actually wrote this entire composition in a dream, woke up, and after about two and a half hours in the studio he had the entire song mapped out. I can really believe that hearing the piece. You can almost taste the hypnagogia!
I have high hopes for this album. After being underwhelmed by the single, Light Years Away, I can honestly say my faith in Satch as a top rock instrumental composer is almost fully restored!
Euston, we have no problems with this record!