Windsor for the Derby | Difference and Repetition | ReviewHerein resounds electroacoustic tone color of the least possible gesture that amazingly achieves artful expansive duration. Buried under with superlatives suitable (or... uh, Love Spirals Downwards' 1996 amniotic-phonic backwash Ever (which it resembles (or very different reasons), Windsor For the Derby find themselves saddled with this boast from their lead sheets: "The lost link between Nick Drake and Pink Floyd's Ummagumma." Ouch! Lots of sincere and ready nods to Drake will make the rounds, but nobody, and I mean nobody, has man-aged the same artful fragility of Drake in the quarter-plus century since his passing. And wasn't Ummagumma an album certain Floyds dismissed (do correct if I'm wrong), even though Waters' cuts are the ones that hold up or have any lasting musical interest?
Despite more pedantic misgivings, per-haps, I do love this disc. Core WftD dudes Daniel Matz and Jason McNeeley craft something altogether apart from press prognostications. Herein resounds electroacoustic tone color of the least possible gesture that amazingly achieves artful expansive duration. Take Â“Shoes McCoat,Â” which tantalizes via thinly fleshed guitar overlays and the mid-ground thump and splash of drum and cymbals. So painfully and deliberately simple that nearly thirteen minutes of sound evaporates in your ear, leaving your cognitive pathways to piece together the settled memories. Â“ShakerÂ” is a viscous drip of a track where something quietly (but discernibly) vocal sandwiches itself between / over / under tremulous strings, faintly cavernous keyboard gestures, and the slow pulse of a softly exploding bass drum (presumably). A song like Â“Lost in CyclesÂ” comes somewhat close to suggesting the groupÂ’s press hype, but even here its execution tells a different story. A straightforward acoustic execution is mere distraction for subtle tonal suspensions, the signature elusive vocals, and a left-field noise splice that closes out the album. All in all, itÂ’s fine stuff.