I am in love with Texas based quintet For Now - experimental, jazzy, lyrically expansive and so elegant. Their album The Turning opens up with both instrumental and lyrical compositions with 10 pieces throughout the album. For Now brings themes of intersectionality, (de)construction of self and the constant pursuit of inspiration. Lead singer Isabel Crespo opens up with her beautiful contemplative voice.
"Until We Wake" is a beautiful piano, percussion and vocal invitation into dreamscape for me. With Crespo repeating "until we wake" it is important to note the contrast at the beginning, the dissonance in the middle and the hypnotic dream chords at the end.
The next three songs on the album remind me of the moment when two people get together and there is an opening in thought, of belief system, in a chaotic but supportive way. These songs felt like the deconstruction of (de)construction. "Of Things Learned and Forgotten," feels like the discussion, the memory recollection and debate, the heating up. "A Sudden Shift in Reason" is the earth being shifted beneath your feet, a pizzicato break scattered throughout the music, and a desire of recapturing what is. "The Turning" is the slow and delicate realization and turning on the original belief systems, almost as if the camera turns around to the newness of being.
"As It Is" brings a soft and delicate flute solo, and crescendos into the full quintet. The landing of all these ideas is the beginning of laying the groundwork for "construction" of the self. It is the bridge for the final songs on the album that feel like the beginning of the recreated more whole and full self.
The main final songs of the second half of the album that truly stick out for me are "Restless" and "To Be" - a beautiful anxiety and ready to grab at the new material. With staccatos, crescendos and a nervous energy. And then quickly following after the lyrical poetry "To be alive, breathing..." "Bunched and knotted... the be unconstricted... fitting in boxes." "To Be" may be my favorite song on the entire album.
For Now reminds me of the work of Tigran Hamasyan with an American activist dreamscape twist - a little New York with a bit of millennial exuberance and a dash of dangerous playfulness. The Turning is for the listener wanting something contemplative, atmospheric and music to actively listen to.
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