It didn’t take too long for Simon Hurst to release another album after his release gallimaufry. Hurst explains: “gallimaufry gothic is in many ways a follow-up to my first all-instrumental solo album gallimaufry which I released last year. As I was working on this new album, I couldn’t help noticing that a strangely gothic (in the broadest sense of the word) aesthetic was developing and I decided to run with it.” That was definitely an aesthetic I noticed as well throughout. On that note the album didn’t feel that dark to me. The gothic vibe was more flirted with than completely enveloped by.
“SON SANS LUMIERE” is the opener and is a dynamic instrumental track. It reminded me of something you might hear from Mike Oldfield. The song was its most gothic a little after the two- minute mark. It was the piano and organ that did it for me. As the song progresses it begins to sound a little more psychedelic and prog rock inspired rather than gothic.
“DOWN AT THE RABBIT HOLE” is more industrial sounding. There’s some resemblance to NIN. The song has a lot going and everything does sound very midi based to my ears. In fact the aesthetic had more of a general ’80s quality at points.
“JESTER FIESTA'' sort of sounds like the title. The song is cool but again has a very sort digital quality that I hear in virtual instruments. “WAITING FOR THE GONG” is this mix of dark jazz and rock. It was one of the highlights to my ears.
The orchestral “QUARTET FOR EIGHT” felt thematic, airy and very dynamic while “QUIN SYNC” is more of an experimental piece revolving around horns and the space in between. “ABSTRACT IN BLUE” is similar to “QUIN SYNC” in that it also is quite sparse at times and lets the instrumentation breathe. The closer “STUDY IN QUIXOTICA” is probably the most epic sounding song in the batch and felt like a good way to end. I liked the angelic vocals and sweeping strings.
This release was cohesive and felt like a proper follow up to the previous release. It felt like his best work that I have heard from him. I hope the trajectory continues in that direction. Recommended.
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