Colin Bass & Daniel Biro -

(CD 2020, 53:59, Sargasso SCDB54002)

The tracks:
  1- Still Life - 1(4:05)
  2- Summer(5:58)
  3- Still Life - 2(0:59)
  4- Old Europe(5:59)
  5- Once Was A Time(4:26)
  6- Faces(4:22)
  7- The Man Who Never Was(7:41)
  8- Heaven(7:00)
  9- Still Life - 3(1:15)
10- Hands(5:58)
11- Still(6:16)

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In the late Sixties Colin Bass started to play ... bass! Within a short time he joined a string of groups, the best known is the Steve Hillage Band. In 1979 the manager of Steve Hillage introduced him to Camel and soon he joined Andy Latimer his musical brainchild, first on I Can See Your House From Here and then he became a permanent member. In 1999 Colin Bass produced his first solo album entitled An Outcast Of The Islands featuring Camel members Dave Stewart (drums) and Andy Latimer (guitars), along members of Polish prog bands Abraxas and Quidam. One year later Colin released two live albums during his tour in Poland: Live At Polskie Radio 3 and Live Vol. 2 Acoustic Songs. In 2003 Colin released his second solo studio album In The Meantime (2003), less in the vein of Camel and more acoustic and featuring other musical styles. His third solo album At Wild End was released in 2015. Featuring again Dave Stewart and Andy Latimer. And now in 2020 here is Colin's fourth solo effort entitled Still, a collaborative project from Colin and ambient composer Daniel Biro. The album contains a collection of meditative songs that range from intimate personal stories to global human topics. Finnish acoustic guitarist Joonas Widenius plays on two tracks: Old Europe and Hands.

While listening to this new album I notice that the music has absolutely nothing to do with Camel, or other progressive rock. As stated in the intro this is “a collection of meditative songs”: 11 compositions that contains ambient atmospheres featuring very laidback contributions on synthesizers, electric piano and acoustic guitar. The first and final track deliver a climate that is more close to cosmic electronic music. The only more dynamic song is Hands with wonderful interplay between acoustic guitar and electric piano, and emotional, more powerful vocals. For the rest it is like looking at a calm sea, very relaxing with at some moments a wave that interrupts the hypnotizing dreamy atmosphere.

**+ Erik Neuteboom (edited by Tracy van Os van den Abeelen)

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