The NBT Review 33


The Color Of Sunshine – Lawrence Blatt (LMB Music)

What instruments were played, who played them, who produced this collection, (Grammy award winner and Windham Hill founder, William Ackerman as it happens) are all technical facts that can be found on websites and on the CD cover, and need not concern us.

We are here for the journey.

Gliding across the oceans, the deserts, we slide in and out of the reflections, the shadows, the moods, the mystical yet unpretentious expressway of colour that starts in the chaos of the sun and learns to be beautiful, scary and gentle by the time it hits our Earth.

Blatt, in his music, reveals a simple secret, Nature can be harsh, can be fragile, can destroy and create, but it is never evil, never petty. The smallest sparkles of light, the unseen rhythms played out on the edge of the spectrum, have an internal grandeur, an incorruptible dignity.

His tunes seek out the honest soul of the landscape.

Travel with him.


Ermine EP – Marilyn Roxie (independent release)

The songs come at me random, sometimes slouching, sometimes deceptive sweet, cruel child ballerina tiptoe.

So I get the first last, ===(!) ,  I am swooshed into childhood, dropped in the centre of the harum-scarum bliss of the amusement park, many shiny things grinning their come on, come on, step inside, all sparkle, all devious, all yummy.

Then an epic escape is promised, the vision willfully snatched away as it implodes, the air is thin here, can hardly breathe, nice to float (also: clever this, an entire Harold Budd album in just over 2 minutes)

People say this is cold, oh damn, people just don’t know what they are talking about.

Not a violin, IS a hymn, has desires, has such longing, self destructs with a sigh and a question.


The voices within the downward swirl, this lovely storm fragmented sampled, saved.

The voices again, another place another heat, a certain time, still trapped though. Her sunset does not soothe, but is easy to love.

Both these artists will be heard on this upcoming NBT podcast Friday 12th June