One look at his online presence and you know this: Fernando Perdomo lives, breathes and loves music. His Facebook feed is chock full of great stuff he’s heard or created (including his vibrant contributions to Dave Kerzner’s work), and the discography on his Bandcamp page offers a musical feast ranging from power pop to abstract experiments.
But as Perdomo writes in the liner notes of his one-man instrumental album Out to Sea, “I discovered the magical sounds of Progressive Rock in 6th grade and became obsessed … This record is a tribute to the sounds that made me the musician and person I am today.” It’s quite a journey, and a stellar tribute indeed.
Opening track “The Architect (Tribute to Peter Banks)” sets Perdomo’s course: a funky vamp, tasty octave licks and harmonized lines, rhythmic breakdowns a la early Yes and chunky, endlessly inventive leads. Wide open vistas loom on the horizon, with one nifty moment leading straight into the next. You can’t tell what’s coming, but soon you just relax and enjoy — because you’re sure it’ll be great.