Burnt Belief, Multifaceted Instrumental Band Feat. Porcupine Tree Member, To Release Third Installment of Trilogy: “Emergent”
Inspired by the unspoken and hidden truths behind our daily reality, “Emergent” is the third in a trilogy of collaborative works by bassist Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree/Metallic Taste of Blood/O.R.k etc) and experimental US guitarist Jon Durant, under the working name Burnt Belief.
“Emergent” builds on the duo's previous work whilst still exploring the fundamental aspects that define Burnt Belief's sonic world, namely hypnotic rhythmic elements seamlessly blended with lush guitar led soundscapes and deep ambient atmospherics. “Emergent” also showcases the intense and unpredictable, yet satisfying guitar playing from Durant, who manages to tame elemental, skittish and frequently unsettling tones, by subtly wrapping them in layers of magnetic aura. Drumming throughout is Vinny Sabatino, who brings an inventive, muscular and precise beat to complement Colin Edwin's expansive and expressive fretless and upright basses.
Says Jon Durant, “One of the things that makes Burnt Belief unique in the world of instrumental progressive rock/fusion oriented musics is that we are not at all focused on displays of chops, but rather focus on trying to tell stories through the music. The title, 'Emergent', is a reference to the theory that consciousness is an emergent property of a functioning neurosystem. Colin and I both share a fascination with how the mind works and the ways that hidden processes and background information can subtly influence more obvious conscious thoughts without our being aware of it. Similarly, throughout the album, there are very subtle background elements that have in some way directly informed the bigger picture of the compositions.”
Colin Edwin adds, “With instrumental music, any meaning is obviously less explicit than when lyrics are present, but as we neared completion of the album, it became apparent to me that the majority of pieces on 'Emergent' have elements of unresolved tension or darker moments somewhere below the surface. Something I have noticed more and more is that there are many seemingly straightforward things which, on closer inspection, turn out to be really quite complex and insoluble, and I have started thinking of the album as bringing out the feeling of suddenly seeing more than you expected and having an expanded view coming into focus. This expanded view isn't necessarily optimistic however, so for me the image of an aggressive looking insect appearing inside a pretty looking flower on the cover is perfect.”
“Emergent” amply rewards repeated listens, unveiling it's layered coalescence of antithetical components gradually, such as the discordant conversational flexes between upright bass and electronic percussion during “Until the Stars Go Out”, or the measured rhythmic resolution during “Confidence of Ignorance”. The nine and half minute title track, which unfolds gradually and explores an unhurried yet palpable tension, is a thought provoking meditation on the unstoppable changes around us all, “Emergent” is a genre defying journey for intrepid listeners keen to explore new musical territories.
Packaged in a cardboard sleeve pack with a four page booklet.
Guitarist Jon Durant brings a unique sense of texture and melody to his instrument. His distinctive “cloud guitar” soundscapes and engaging lead work have graced numerous CD recordings and film soundtracks. As executive producer of Alchemy Records, he produces recordings for internationally acclaimed artists in his small home studio. Alongside Durant's records, Alchemy has released albums by artists Michael Manring, Gary Willis, Leni Stern/Wayne Krantz and others.
Colin Edwin is best known as founder member and bassist of the internationally successful , long time progressive rock favourites Porcupine Tree. Outside of Porcupine Tree, as well as solo work and various guest spots, Colin's unique and creative bass playing have lead him to collaborate frequently with like minded and inventive musicians, including (former Henry Cow) multi - instrumentalist and reed player Geoff Leigh (as Ex-Wise Heads), fellow bassist Lorenzo Feliciati in the critically acclaimed duo Twinscapes, and most recently Endless Tapes with drummer Alessandro Pedretti. Colin is also a member of the intense and genre defying band Metallic Taste of Blood, with two albums to date on Rarenoise Records, as well as playing and recording with metal pioneers Obake. In 2015 he formed the band O.R.k. alongside King Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto, vocalist LEF and guitarist Carmelo Pipitone from Italy’s cult “anti-folk” band Marta Sui Tubi. 2016 has so far seen Euro and South American dates with O.R.k. and also the release of Colin's adventurous collaboration (as Astarta/Edwin) with top Ukrainian female vocal duo Astarta, drawing heavily but expanding on their earthy Slavic folk roots.
Vinny Sabatino is a first call drummer from Boston, best known for his funky grooves. He's recorded and performed extensively with Jon Durant, as well as with a wide range of artists including current Santana lead vocalist Ray Greene, multiple Grammy winning producer Jeff Bhasker, film composer Michael Whalen and folk artist Porter Smith. His band, Nightshift, is the most in demand band in Boston, and features vocalist (and winner of The Voice) Jermaine Paul, Bassist Barron Browne (Jean Luc Ponty, Steve Smith, Billy Cobham).
In closing Jon has this to impart, “Most importantly, I'd like listeners to actively listen with an open mind. Good speakers or headphones are a particular plus, as there's a lot going on that's worth paying attention to. Our music can take you on a very compelling journey if you're willing to let it.”
Colin adds, “I always believe that people will find their own relationship with any piece of art, music, book or film and it's usually more powerful and meaningful that way, so any messages usually work best when they are to be uncovered and discovered rather than being upfront. If we have successfully created an all encompassing 'sound world' that takes people somewhere else when they hear it, I consider it a success. After all, doesn't music exist to express what words can't?”
To purchase Burnt Belief's “Emergent”: Amazon
Video for “Dissemble” (from Etymology): Youtube
Video for “Semazen” (from Burnt Belief): Youtube
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