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Ping Trace - Traces

Traces

Ping Trace

Available from Amazon.com

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark S. Tucker
(progdawg@hotmail.com).

Exceedingly elegant chill chamber / bossa / soft jazz / electronica marks this EP CD as a superb hybrid worthy of immediate attention. Either they or their promo robs both musicians of surnames so we'll have to go with what's fowarded. "Sven" is a killer slo-jazz keyboardist along the lines of The Necks, Goldie, Sade, Lonnie Liston Smith, and other balmy tropicalists playing lush atmospheres through uncrowded lines with expertly appointed glitch and incidentalist elements. "Lynnae" is an etheral vocalist imbuing most of the cuts with sensually angelic Rio and Sao Paolo vibrations floating into the clouds via shimmering waves of balmy hedonism. Together, they form a complete band that sounds like it's been gigging for a decade, though they're only three years into this manifestation.

Though Ping Trace's music is markedly different, their smooth as silk contours and texturally satin warmth aligns them with Lovespirals as a band occupying the uppermost stratum of this style. And this is, make no mistake, a very unpopulated sidestream of music because most composers can't restrain themselves to stay in the pocket and just groove. Sven plays each amber-golden mood as though living it in flesh and blood, Lynnae sirenic, dulcet, and languorous at his side. They are, by the way, a married couple and not only is that very cool but one must suspect it accounts for the hand-in-glove complementarity.

I'm often a bit disappointed with EPs from excellent groups, voracious aesthete's soul wanting more, but this is really, really, really good stuff, and I can't find a single reason to bitch at all, left too delirious after listening to want to even think about breaking the mood. I'll definitely be going after the full release, which is slated for Spring 2009, and hoping to hell they make it a 2-CD extravaganza (remixes, etc.). Until then, I'll be champing at the bit.

Track List:

  • At Ease
  • Solace
  • Illumination
  • One More
  • Fall Away
All songs written by Ping Trace.

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2008, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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