Spindle Ensemble – Bea (Adderwell Music)
Debut album by the instrumental quartet from Bristol lead by Daniel Inzani on (mostly) piano with Caelia Lunniss on violin - Harriet Riley on tuned percussion (marimba and vibraphone) - Jo Silverston on cello.
There’s a classical feel from much of the album but with very much a small c and there’s a very appealing lightness of touch to the compositions and arrangements.
Like a hint of Ryuichi Sakamoto in the swoops and swoons of the strings on album opener ‘Moonbow’.
The sprightly tango shapes of ‘Panic among the dragonflies’ with appropriate accordion backing.
The enchanted combination of Celtic harp with marimba and cello/violin in oriental mood on ‘Sleepcloud’.
The shimmering ambient bleed quality of the tuned percussion is a constant and beautiful feature of the sound palette.
The rhythms and melodies nod to influences from jazz folk and various world musics but in a completely convincing and committed way.
It all makes for a coherent and most endearing collection.