Martland has long been around making some dizzy with his ideas, and others
enamoured with his bright and tight music skirting the accepted influences
for his own thing. Beyond that are the many lesser isms he ignores for the
sake of what brings him alive.
His vehicle, the Steve Martland Band, runs on musical ball bearings,
ejecting the music, often like volcanic lava with the hynoptic repetitions
searing the brain. But there's also a ruminative vein at a lower temperature
that can capture the mind in a timeless daze [listen
-- track 5, 0:00-0:49].
Steve Martland presents a music for you to accept or reject. I cannot
imagine a moment of regret from him whatever you decide. He has set a style
that accommodates his musical personality, and that is it.
Copyright © 26 January 2002
Basil Ramsey, Eastwood, Essex, UK
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