Momentarily by Jon Durant

Release date: March 22, 2024
Label: Alchemy Records

Jon Durant has proven himself to be no fluke when it comes to his soundscaping techniques. His own verse of the musical language has given him a chance to be more upfront and more universal with the surrealism and the dangers that follow. His latest release Momentarily has proven to be the opposite of spacious admiration and where the future will be in the years to come.

And to be allowed to have both Colin Edwin and Andi Pupato involved once more, it feels like Burnt Belief has come back to do another album but with strong patterns to come throughout the entire structure of Durant’s arrangements. To go beyond Fractal Sextet, his collaborations with Peter Chilvers, Stephan Thelen, and Robert Jürjendal, Durant’s compositions take us through the heart of mid-70s soundscapes that was recorded in Berlin.

There’s a sense of returning to the land of the rising sun, between the gorgeous beauty and the flute effects Durant would create on his guitar between ‘Bitter Wind’, ‘Not Always Running’, and ‘Raki’. You feel a sense of reliving all of the pain, stress, and anxiety you have in your body to have it cleared inside your head and having some embodies of Agitation Free’s ‘Haunted Island’ and Stomu Yamashta’s percussion work coming into the foreground of the three tracks.

‘Rockets on Kyiv’ which was originally devised and recorded on the morning Russia bombed the glass bridge in Kyiv, Durant adds distortion to the composition, taking listeners into the ghost towns of Ukraine as you can feel the trembles, pin dropping momentum, and the nightmares that haunted him that following morning.

The atmosphere, the eeriness, Edwin’s fretless acoustic bass, and looking through all of the debris and destruction throughout the city, the war itself becomes a massive weight on everyone’s shoulders throughout this entire situation. ‘In A Moment’ which opens the album, has that Yamashta quality to the arrangement which marks a continuation where ‘Memories of Hiroshima’ had left off from his 1973 album The Man from the East.

‘For a Moment’ closes the album with Durant’s fretless guitar signalling a hope for peace between two countries. The reverbing textures is one of those drippling water effects that phases in and out with a Floydian-texture channeling the early years with minor techniques. Durant keeps the fire lit by keeping his journey extending more in the adventures that await him in Momentarily.

And throughout the passages of time, the gratitude is right there as we witness him going on another compelling adventure that is waiting for us.

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