Josiah Wordsworth: Blue State ep
This CD is Highly Dangerous… HANDLE WITH CARE!!!
Just in case you were wondering, Josiah Wordsworth is a cunningly encoded reduced anagram of Jordan Slominski & Andrew Weidner, the 2 main protagonists featured on this ‘ere disc.
Firstly, I have to tell you that each of the 5 tracks on this mini-album, ep, what-you-will…. is rather like the entire score of a short film – seeming to tell a story – you are simply required to supply the visuals. What fun!
The opener ‘Witch Hunt’ starts with a distillation of the best bits from those heavy piano concerti – Greig, Tchaikowski etc – that everyone loves but finds it difficult to remember which is which [or witch is witch]. This sound is fused with a variety of jazz and rock styles that leaves one marvelling at the creative way the styles are cut into each other. The Hunt then helter-skelters along car-chase fashion… whether it ever reaches a satisfactory conclusion.. I leave you to decide.
‘Drive-By Media’ is also a pursuit story but this time with the Keystone Kops visiting PT Barnum’s Big Top.
‘Silver Dollar Swagger’ boogies along nicely but a slightly hidden undertone that threatens to overwhelm the swaggerer.
Track 4, ‘Rock Song’ starts in a heavy Steve Reich style but becomes another tale of urgent evasion of lurking dark forces.
The closing number ‘Eulogy’ is rather funereal in demeanour and has one grieving for a lost… what?
I must emphasise that these tales are supplied by me – you will no doubt be able to create your own. So try not to be influenced by my descriptions – just let the magnificent music guide you through parts of your imagination which have been closed off these many a long year. You might find as I have, that, with repeated listening, it’s sometimes hard to distinguish where one track/story ends and the next takes over. This only adds to the endless variety of creative visualisation you can apply to these wonderful pieces. It may well be that each number can be considered to be a tone poem in its own right but they somehow coalesce into a suite. It’s your call.
And….Highly Dangerous? I played this record 5 times on the trot [no pun intended] while on a long distance journey across the South of England and found myself going faster and faster reaching at least 105 mph at one stage – it was like I was on a Mario Brothers Race Track. The music had taken over completely. Mind what you’re doing when it takes over you!