Richard Bone: Coxa
|| Richard Bone: Coxa|
(Quirkworks - 1999)
An Aqua-Velva splash of neo-retro-lounginess permeates Richard Bone's
newest. The cool muzak of Coxa (the hip bone) was inspired by Creed Taylor, Rudy Van Gelder, Cal Tjader and Dave Pike; those names are
meaningless in my personal referential frame, so I am limited to
envisioning martini-swilling hipsters gyrating their own coxas
to these lite yet enjoyable ditties.
I do feel we're starting our dance on the wrong foot though with
Garden... New agey piano notes trill over slowly stroked ivory chords, though faint electronic percussion does juice it up a bit as the track develops. It's uncomfortably too-close to some MOR/Adult Contemporary/lite jazz sound..., but hey, it's Richard
Bone... and it does get better. Like with the cool, loose basslines which thrum behind the breezy sax and keyboard sounds (and just a dash of female voice) of Playa Six, inviting a more appreciative response from these ears. A similarly suave attitude is found Outside the Indiscrimination Field, where a plushly vibrophonic background recieves a topping of tasty xylo-tones, laced with sweeping synth strands.
Pulsing standup bass sounds and cymbal taps add an extra bit of swagger to the chiming tones of Amorita Dive, which is overlain with organ notes, flutey riffs and tiny bubbles. Even more laid back, Dido lounges in a plush xylophoney bed, accented by finger snaps, bamboo beats, spacey shimmers and a flute-flavored lead. Something especially nostalgic seems to be in the air when a plunky piano riff
forges the way for the smooth lead of What If (If What?). Later, an
old-time radio opera diva voice joins to increase the time warp factor.
With its strangely beguiling title, Dragneta, My Love receives a little extra percussive punch behind its relatively funky keyboard action and binaurally wandering sax sounds.
Wispier sheets of synth and brass samples are backed by a steady little
beat and lolling bass on a subdued stroll down 47 Youth Street, the longest "real" song at 6:33. I mention this because the final tune, an untitled "hidden track"
(10:58) is the disc's longest (not to mention the most properly
ambient piece). A trickly background runs through soft synth washes
peppered with distant beats and assorted light instrumental visitations.
This review posted May 26, 1999
Muzaky without being blatantly ironic, Richard Bone's new
tracks, at their best, stir up a lounge-ready mix of casually hip
attitude. Similar to, but not as exotically flavored as, his previous release, Electropica, the tunes on Coxa are groovy in a so-square-it's-cool
kind of way. Ambient in their own fashion, these retro-tunes warrant an appreciative 8.2.
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