Boomkat Product Review:
Recipient of a prestigious BBC Radio 3 Jazz Award, Finn Peters is a flautist, saxophonist and percussionist with a penchant for crossing genre boundaries into more electronic formats, having appeared on works by 2 Banks Of 4 and Matthew Herbert, whose Accidental imprint plays host to this excellent album (Herbert also produces the record). Peters' style tends to have an affinity with the more composed side of modern jazz, meaning there's something very accessible about his music, but it's also rather more ambitious and more intriguingly arranged than most contemporary club-style ensemble recordings, calling upon a variety of adventurous eastern influences, in keeping with Peters' interests in Chinese philosophy. There's a particularly effective deployment of gamelan on 'Atlas', and 'The Nightingale' puts birdsong samples to particularly meditative usage, perhaps bringing to mind Basil Kirchin's Charcoal Sketches. Herbert's production is finely judged, his subtle, nuanced mixing never coming across as overbearing: instead of trying to impose his own voice on the record there's a simple crispness and clarity to this album's sound that serves as an ideal platform for Peters' multi-instrumental talents.