Each of the twelve tracks on Tony Faehse’s fifth all original album has its own mood. Four songs (swing, soul, samba and romantic) feature session singer Sarah Liversidge whose pure tone and emotional sensitivity was heard on Faehse’s previous album “If you’re a cat”. Once again the main voice of the eight instrumentals is Tony’s classical guitar, although on the opening track “Makes Me Try” his cool/funk/electric guitar gets a rare outing. Layered electric, acoustic and slide guitars, piano, organ and synth are enhanced by virtuosic performances from Tony’s excellent session regulars;
Sarah Liversidge (superbly sensitive singing.. “Fancy That”, “Ocean”, “Samba Way”, Silver Lining” plus a layered chorus on “Makes Me Try”)
Jen Anderson (violins.. string sections and solo)
George Butrumlis (accordion.. melodies, colours and solos)
Adam Simmons (layered saxes and woodwinds, solo clarinet plus shakuhachi)
Steve Hadley (electric & double bass) & Dave Folley (drums)
Strong melodies intricately arranged… from cool funk Makes Me Try to sensitive soul The Seven Steps, from flamenco and reggae inspired rhythms Out Of The Rough, poignant Reflections On Your Eyes to bosa-nova Samba Way, and from the French swing inspired title song Fancy That to the sonic journeys of Bitter Sweet & The Surface Glittered… whimsical yet passionate, multi textured, culturally diverse, lyrically uplifting and aurally stimulating.
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