Boomkat Product Review:
Deep digger Dante Carfagna’s improv trio Express Rising cast their spell again with Fixed Rope II, a necessary follow-up to their last blue moon outing in 2015 with the sublime Fixed Rope, which arrived a decade on from the cultish début of Express Rising.
On Fixed Rope II they follow the auld saying, if it ain’t broke, make another zoot and do it all again, beautifully reprising the vibe of their first album with plangent country strings reverberating over thick, rounded subs, synths and the iciest drum machine trills to spread the chills far and wide.
Only recently we felt the urge to get reacquainted with Express Rising’s earlier albums, and mercifully their effect hadn’t waned at all. Ditto Fixed Rope II, which oozes with molasses slowness from the country bump ting, Focus Puller, to deliciously woozy synth ambience in Touch of Goodbye, to take in something like Dylan Carlson saddling up with Boothroyd in Smooth False Foxglove, and divine folk downstrokes in Mansion.
Balmy summer evenings were made for this, or is it the other way around?