James L'Estraunge - Eventual RealityBBE
"Eventual Reality" is the full length debut from The James L'Estraunge Orchestra. Producer Ricky Reid, one half of the Soul Renegades shifts gears by crafting an engaging collection of atmospheric gems and dreamy soundscapes. In order to tap into this creative process he escaped the busy Edinburgh scene and retreated to the peaceful Swedish highlands. The move has made an immediate impression right from the start. "Me And The Bear" is a down-tempo tune filled with gorgeous rhodes and string melodies. "We Rise" begins with a stretch of boisterous strings and horns followed by lush vocals layered over an infectious groove. An a composer Reid strikes the right balance between electronica and live instrumentation and makes a profund statement with this impressive release.
Reg Dancy, 12/17