Surreal Thing

Surreal Thing

by Soundscape UK
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Overview

Surreal Thing

On their sophomore release Soundscape UK are still interested in combining acid and smooth jazz but they notch up the smooth considerably, which often drowns out the more interesting elements in their music. This may not be surprising considering that the band's debut housed a surprise smooth jazz radio hit with "Morning Song" so they were able to see which course the public was responding to. Plus, in many ways acid jazz is really just instrumental music for people who don't want to admit that they like smooth jazz. The accent on each supposedly divergent style is on repetitive beats, deep grooves and catchy jazz riffs and Surreal Thing has those in spades. But most of the album cuts also features a strong -- and rather faceless -- smooth jazz sax sound that smothers the music and it's this element that really marked the duo's transitional focus. This is unfortunate because group member Mick Talbot is a strong keyboard player so it's surprising how little solo space he takes (though the soul jazz influenced guitarist makes the most of his slots). The tracks that work best don't feature the saxophone at all and are in the retro-futurist acid jazz style. Numbers such as "Tea Pot," "Three Thirty Nine" and the title track all feature a muted trumpet over break beats and prove that Soundscape UK know how to please fans of both acid and smooth jazz when they want to.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/20/1998
Label: Instinct Records
UPC: 0720841036128
catalogNumber: 361

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Soundscape UK   Primary Artist
Paul Gunter   Percussion
Mick Talbot   Organ
Dave Priseman   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Gary Spacey-Foote   Flute,Saxophone
Gota Yashiki   Drums
Nigel Wallace Price   Guitar
Poli Cousée   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Style Council   Contributor
Young Disciples   Contributor
Chris Bangs   Producer,Contributor
Galliano   Contributor
Mick Talbot   Producer,Contributor
Paul Weller   Contributor
Quiet Boys   Contributor
Electric Triangle   Contributor
Soundscape UK   Engineer
Justin Whillock   Engineer

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