Rick Cox – FADE

Cold Blue

Those familiar with the movie “American Beauty” may recognise Rick Cox’s cloudy elegies and composed sorrows; “Fade” is yet another classy release by this American artist working in the realms of corporeal abandon and calm desolation. Scored for electric guitar (played by Cox himself), piano (Thomas Newman) and bass (Peter Freeman), this 25-minute minor masterpiece is a continuous stimulation of our most introvert melancholy, through an ever shifting tonal landscape whose radiance carries the same intensity level of those anxious dreams where undecipherable languages and distant scraps of illusory harmony ensure we’re breathing heavily when we awake. The closing section is a separate celestial caress, a totally functional coda to one of the most engrossing records this year so far – and one of those instances when, in terms of duration, less is not more.

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