Time Waits for No One by Cheval SombreRelease date: February 26, 2021
Label: Sonic Cathedral
If the name of Cheval Sombre rings familiar to dedicated followers of all things alternative, it could be due to his first two releases, or because of his 2018 work with Dean Wareham of Galaxie 500 and Luna fame. But, maybe the name faded a bit, the Wareham collaboration was some three years ago, and his last solo outing was as far back as eight years ago. No wonder he has given his third release the title Time Waits for No One.
On the evidence of this album, you might question his release pace, but the quality of music shines. Chris Porpora, aka Cheval Sombre, is one of those poets, who decided to set his poems to music and made the right decision to do so.
It turns out that the concept behind this album was at least in part inspired by Thomas Merton’s translations of ancient Chinese philosophy in the Way of Chuang Tzu.
“Linear time marches on, whether we are awake or asleep, whether we like it or not. This way of looking at a time can be a trap and a profound source of suffering. But I’ve certainly fallen victim to these illusions, and I think that it’s important to acknowledge that aspect of our humanity,” he explains.
Lofty ideas, particularly when they are embedded mainly in Porpora’s subdued vocals, acoustic guitars, electronic embellishments, and occasional strings (‘Dreamsong’). Spacemen 3 and Sonic Boom at their most pastoral come to mind. No wonder, since Sonic Boom produced this album.
Cheval Sombre took his time to come up with his new album, but on the evidence of it, his name just might stick around. Unless he decides to take his time, again.