Boomkat Product Review:
Sounding a bit like it might be a prequel to Air's Love 2.0, Build An Ark's Love Pt. 1 is the Los Angeles group's third album. Guided by Carlos Niño's warm and fulsome production the record takes on a very communal feel, crammed with rich layers of instrumentation and a sound that's akin to vintage folk-jazz fusion records. "Inspired by the spirit of Laurel Canyon, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell as much as Alice and John Coltrane, Michael White, Pharoah Sanders, and Swami Satchidinanda, the membership of Build An Ark has swelled to 45, bringing more instruments like guitars, strings, brass, reeds, and sitar, on top of the pianos, organs, singers, drummers, and percussionists. The writing and the improvisation is much more balanced on 'Love' too, Phil Ranelin's 'How Do We End All This Madness?' and the ensuing answer 'Play The Music!', were recorded completely live, while other tracks, like Dwight Trible's 'Celebrate' were recorded live, but with arrangements added to extend some of the figures. While Build An Ark is all about the collective expression, there are some notable players, including Impulse! violinist Michael White, singers Mia Doi Todd and Diana Moriera, Tribe co-founder Phil Ranelin, poet Kamau Daaood, spiritual baritone Dwight Trible, and tireless arranger Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, all under the guidance of production standard-bearer Carlos Niño. The sound of 'Love' is the sound of a family at one with the universe - and it comes straight from the heart."