Title - 'Destinations'
Artist - Darryl Way
If you have never heard the name Darryl Way before, allow me to bring you up to date.
Born in Taunton, Somerset, England (yes, where they make the Cider!), Way is a British rock and classical musician who was a founding member of Curved Air.
He actually co-wrote their only hit single, 'Back Street Luv' and is best known as a violinist - although he also plays keyboards and guitar.
He began his musical training at Dartington College of Arts, and later studied at the Royal College of Music. When he met Francis Monkman, they formed the band Sisyphus, which evolved into Curved Air.
The just-released Destinations (via Right Honourable Records / Cherry Red Records UK), is the new studio album by Way and features ten new rock instrumentals, with a variety of influences and sound effects enriching the style and delivery of the pieces.
1. 'Downtown LA' (4:40)
2. 'Metropolis' (4:45)
3. 'The Stars' (5:30)
4. 'The Wild West' (6:15)
5. 'A Rainy Day in Vienna' (5:41)
6. 'The Restless City' (3:31)
7. 'Riviera Blue' (5:08)
8. 'Antigua Bay' (4:06)
9. 'Freedom Road' (4:11)
10. 'Mystic Mountain' (5:15)
The album opens up with the atmospheric, frenetic 'Downtown LA' and backs that up with the free flowing majesty of 'Metropolis,' the gilded ambiance of 'The Stars,' and then the mid-tempo, plains-spread-for miles 'The Wild West.'
A quite stirring, operatic rendition of 'A Rainy Day in Vienna' is brought forth next and that's backed by the frantic 'The Restless City' and then the mellow, at times vibrantly Mediterranean guitar work of 'Riviera Blue' waves over us.
This beautiful album then rounds out with the soft rock guitar hues of 'Antigua Bay,' the foot-tappin', rockin' blues of 'Freedom Road,' and then comes to a close on the luscious overtones of 'Mystic Mountain.'
Darryl Way said of this new instrumental album, "Destinations is a collection of 10 pieces that set out to conjure up images of far off and exotic locations like Antigua, or imagined settings like Metropolis or Mystic Mountains."
"Like my previous album, Vivaldi's Four Seasons in Rock, Destinations could be described as program music; music that evokes atmospheres and impressions."
In closing, here on Destinations, sure, yeah, there are still hints of Curved Air, but after a few listens it becomes clear that this is Darryl Way - all the Way through.
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