Michael Woodhead

CLUB TIAJ

Calvin L Coolidge II
CB Baby
2003

Elsewhere, I review Calvin's Seconds, and suggest that he impresses me as a subtler, and smoother version of Craig Chaquico.

I still believe that, but on Club Tiaj, he offers a more eclectic approach to music, and calls it an "electronic journey through an ambient village". Indeed, it is just that -- marvellous manipulations of musical instruments, electronic sounds, and rhythms.

Starfire Dancer begins what seems to be a regular melodic line of guitar work, but soon segues into a cosmic interplay of repeating riffs echoed from shimmering curtains of space and time.

Tribe is aptly named for this beat-driven, ambient electronic work that brings to mind cybernetic aboriginals dancing to throbbing tom-toms around some mystic campfire in a world of the future.

Following several other electronic works, Boost begins a special dance mix that Calvin suggests using with two other selections, Sleek and King Diddy, each with its own introductory bars.

Slither offers what I would call an approach to the movements of an electronic snake through a computer hardware jungle, certainly unique to say the least, and the creature brings us again to the cybernetic tom-toms of Skins. I love listening to drum solos and, although this piece doesn't utilize a fully equipped drum kit, nonetheless, I certainly enjoyed the pulsations presented here.

These are just some of the selections available of the thirteen compositions Calvin has set down for the listener's enjoyment. In some of them, I think the prominent drumbeats are a little distracting, but that's just a personal observation; I'm more melody-oriented rather than rhythmically inclined, but I don't let that cloud my judgement of a piece of music. Overall, however, Calvin has done a masterful job at creating some excitingly different, diffused, and electronically based musical compositions.

My favourite track: Starfire Dancer

TRACKLIST:
1. Starfire Dancer
2. Tribe
3. Tropical Peak
4. Sparklin'
5. Sunbeam
6. Boost
7. Sleek
8. Slither
9. Skins
10. Spin
11. King Diddy
12. Blush
13. Night Haunt Farewell


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