Like the supercollider, Drummond seeks to smash two dissimilar things together and see what the results are. Naturally, and experiment by mad scientist, composer and guitarist from New York to combine jazz fusion and metal into one would of course create some explosive outcomes. Not to mention some pretty phenomenal musical pieces.
“Getting Comfortable” is a debut EP by Drummond, and it’s here now and ready to take you to unparalleled heights. Look to the skies: that is where Drummond is going to take you.
For a totally instrumental release (except for a small vocal part in the closing song), this thing is four tracks of expansive, experimental and wholly gripping fusion music. Take EP opener “New Paint” for a fine example: starting off so minimally, guitars and cymbals meekly registering their presence in the room before their flamboyance bounds forth from them with a burst of self-confidence.
If there is one enduring thing to take away from listening to this release, it’s that experimentation is the key to success: be it “Getting Comfortable’s” (song) flowing, flying musical escapology, “Second Self’s” Holdsworthian chemistry, or “Ecotone’s” otherworldly, ethereal ambience leading to space explorations. Everything on show here is made to play with the musical form and to evoke a response from your mind. And Drummond’s music is what makes you want to explore.
My pick would have to be the closing piece “Ecotone,” clocking in at five minutes. It’s frantic, for one thing: everyone is really laying down some serious licks on this, striving for the very best in their playing abilities and pulling it off with aplomb. It has to be said that Sithu Aye is on this song. Masterful work and a treasure for any fan of the indefinable yet oddly marvelous.
To say what Drummond and the company have done is prog is inaccurate; to say that it is metal is too vague. Rather, they have thrown into “Getting Comfortable” all their passions, excitements and inspirations and cooked up something that is beyond compare. This is music without boundaries, without barricades and without limits.