Expo Seventy – America Here & Now Sessions
Expo Seventy’s sprawling “America Here & Now Sessions” is delivered with true grit. Opting for a western twang the songs feel have a dusty, long-lost style to them. Ambitious in scope the two songs allow for a great deal of freedom. By letting the sound simply expand and go forth with nary a concern Expo Seventy cover a wide variety of terrain. Moments within the album feel reminiscent of Earth’s later, more spaghetti-western influenced works. Texture is everything for these are songs about atmosphere. Various flourishes, percussive elements reverberate, and the overall sound feels timeless.
With “First Movement” Expo Seventy create an intricate arrangement. Deftly avoiding any crescendo dynamics at first the bone dry guitar drifts off into the air. Cyclical in its style gradually the song picks up steam before it simply lets loose over all else in its path. Upon reaching a fevered pitch of sorts the song settles down into a steady groove. Much more menacing in tone is the latter half of the album, the malice-strewn work of “Second Movement”. Here Expo Seventy opt for darker landscapes. By letting the sounds simply hover a sense of tension is established. Small deft slips of the hand result in an eerie kind of drone as the piece sprawls out majestically towards the finale of the piece. Righteous fury dominates the song’s closing as it grows in terms of urgency.
“America Here & Now Sessions” shows Expo Seventy delving into an experimental otherworldly take on Americana.