Confluence (Bamboozle Music Bamb 012)
The first vibraphone notes tinkle like wind chimes in the lightest summer breeze and a shaker mimics an insect, before other sounds—breath through a trumpet, swelling cymbals, electronics, a chattering snare—darken the mood. A groove emerges that only amplifies the sense of portentousness, because a Polymorphic Orkestra groove is just a pathway deeper into a mood or soundscape. Once inside those worlds one encounters lonely, desolate solos from Lee McIver (trumpet/flugelhorn); solos that may give way Ed Goyer’s vibes still sounding as though the melodies emerge from by some act of nature rather than human endeavour. Meanwhile percussionist Ed Rodriguez often uses silence as a default, and so when the drums do enter they are often barely engraving that silence. The collective instinct for balancing improvised density and space is uncanny.