Robert Fox – Touching the Serpents Tail

I’ll say one thing about old Foxie – he doesn’t half love the majesty that you can create with synthesizer music.
If any music could be described as “epic” – in the film sense – it’s what he’s playing today!
Huge, sweeping layers of absolute grandeur and opulence pour out of each and every track. Even when it’s romantic, it’s powerful, and when he wants to get powerful, it’s romantic. So, with a lump in the throat, eyes like saucers and not a dry eye in the house, allow us to present his latest album out on the AD Music label: ‘Touching The Serpent’s Tail’.
It starts in the relative restrained pleasure of ‘Earth’, which it about as close as he gets to a cosmic track on the album, and even this is laced with an orchestral-styled magic. From there you head off into eight minutes plus of: ‘Another Time, Another Place’, initially on undulating sequencer-like rhythms, as a beautiful piano lead comes into play and synths sparkle and dance all around. That soon-to-be familiar sound of rich synth tapestries form the majestic string-like backdrop, and the whole thing is underpinned with a river of electronic gorgeousness that flows underneath, as the whole piece moves along neatly and delicately, threatening to open out and fly, but keeping it within its chosen emotive limits.
‘The Serpent’s Sweet Song’ largely continues where the previous track left off, only this time the sense of grandeur is even more to the fore as the string synths soar to the heavens amid tinkling percussive synth rhythms, and as the tracks slowly begins to build, eventually becoming something that would accompany shots of vast oceans or arid deserts – the sort of thing a film maker would kill to get done this well.
The eight-minute: ‘Weaver Of Chance’ takes all this on board, increases the volume and accelerates the pace slightly, so that the effect is more intense. This all starts to rise as the combination of rich textures and echoed percussive electronic rhythms form a canvas of sweeping chords that move slowly but inexorably forward. It’s big, expansive, wide-screen and breathtakingly panoramic beautiful music that’s loud and majestic, yet somehow serene and spacey too. As with most other Robert Fox albums, hints of Vangelis pop up from time to time, but by and large, it remains original, yet somehow familiar, and for the five remaining tracks, that pattern continues. The melodic layers, depths, textures and rhythms run through a heartland of music that provides an ease of enjoyment that is decidedly hypnotic, and way more than its potential money-spinner as “film music”, were that to happen! As I said, synth music of splendour and beauty, substantial yet sweet, pleasant and strong, it’s for those who want their music to carry them off like a warm wind on a cloudy day.

~ by admusic on July 12, 2007.

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