- Where It All Began (for TR)
- Month of Moonlight
- Rosso Portofino
- Perilous Terrain
- The Evolution of Disintegration
- Divine Rascal
releases October 22, 2021
Colin Edwin: Double Bass, Rhythm Programming.
Jon Durant: Electric and Cloud Guitars, Keyboards
Vinny Sabatino: Drums
Aleksei Saks: Trumpet
Andi Pupato: Percussion
All titles Edwin/Durant
Mannakin Arts/Monoko Tunes (BMI)
A study in universal understanding and global connection.
Burnt Belief have always been difficult to categorise, incorporating improvisation around strong thematic compositions, ambient textural atmospherics, subtle electronics and elements of progressive and jazz/rock blended with an intriguing undercurrent drawn from more ethnic traditions. Falling in the cracks of established genres, yet showcasing a remarkable ongoing core musical chemistry and defiantly it’s “own thing”, Burnt Belief is instantly recognisable to those who know.
As with many other musical collaborations, the Covid19 pandemic rendered previously planned live and studio activity a total impossibility. However, a solid “distance working method” sharpened by three previous Burnt Belief albums has led to the remarkably natural and live sounding new album “Mutual Isolation”.
Despite working within customary musical territory, and with a similar modus operandi, “Mutual Isolation” departs from previous Burnt Belief releases as Colin Edwin elected to play double bass exclusively throughout the album’s 9 tracks, grounding the new material with an earthier, more natural resonance.
“Mutual Isolation” also allows freer than ever reign to Jon Durant’s trademark atmospheric “cloud guitar” approach, with his orchestrational guitar perspective meshing seamlessly around an increased application of his singular fretless guitar. The majority of Jon’s lead guitar parts were initially intended as “work in progress” guide performances but the finished album retains them unedited, which is a fitting tribute to Jon’s creative judgement and the spontaneity and rapidity of the album’s construction process.
As before, the core duo of Colin Edwin and Jon Durant is augmented by the addition of drummer Vinny Sabatino, who is equally at home in both the free jazz tumult of “Where it All Began” and the precise rhythmic tensions of North African influenced “Divine Rascal”. Joining in on percussion duties is the highly in demand Swiss rhythm master Andi Pupato, adding layers of meticulous yet unforced depth to several cuts. Far more than just a “guest soloist” is Estonian trumpet phenom Aleksei Saks, whose lucid tone and expressive phrasing perfectly fit the album’s overall wide screen cinematic canvas.
“Mutual Isolation” is arguably the most “live” sounding and spontaneous of Burnt Belief albums. Despite being recorded in total isolation, with minimal discussion, it is clearly evidence of the musical connection and sensibilities of all the musicians involved.