Travis & Fripp
Follow


4.0
excellent

Review

by Fry Farnsworth USER (45 Reviews)
February 3rd, 2013 | 12 replies | 1,411 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The soundtrack to a beautiful, yet doomed, journey.

7 of 7 thought this review was well written

Many fans of Robert Fripp, founder/guitarist of progressive giants King Crimson, know of his prolific solo career and of his collaborations with composer Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno, (aka Brian Eno) but too few know of his more recent, and very beautiful, collaborations with saxophonist/flautist Theo Travis. Utilizing an updated version of Fripp’s collection of ambient loops (he calls Frippertonics) along with Travis’ take on the same concept (he calls Ambitronics), Follow has a special kind of serene backdrop not heard in either of the men’s previous releases. This brilliant use of technology combined with the expertise of both Travis and Fripp coalesce, making Follow an experience easy to recommend.

Both conceptually and in execution, Follow is beautiful. At parts one can hear the music Shakespeare would have used in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” while other parts a heavy sadness is recognizable. Every single minute sound is crystal clear and by extension every emotion and mood is fully realized in the music. While there aren't many changes in the tone or mood throughout the record, the ones evident are projected very well. The somber and airy instrumental work create a powerful omnipresent aura that along with the intricate glacial soundscapes created by both men; turn the record into a fully realized journey. This holistic approach to the writing almost demands the record be experienced in its entirely in order to fully appreciate it. Actual stand out moments are few but this lack of overt variety serves the record well as the premise is to lead you down your imagination highway. Then the end of “Rotary Symmetrical” starts to play, and leading into the closer “So There”, the end of Follow lies in stark contrast to the rest of the album. The groovy, vintage guitar work by Fripp and the jazzy saxophone can either throw off the slow-burning pace exhibited up till this point, or just as easily affirm the ingenuity of the record as a whole.

As mentioned before, Follow is beautiful. Sad without sounding bleak and uplifting without sounding joyful, the simple-sounding exterior of the album masks the complicated moods underneath. These men have over 70 years of professional experience pouring into this record and with these calming, ephemeral layers of sound serving as the backdrop for their expertise, it’s no wonder Follow is one of the best ambient albums I’ve ever heard.



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Calc
February 2nd 2013



10846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Short write-up for my first ambient, abstract review. Got tired of being the only vote on this.

When The Rains Fall: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4up1yGdWKY

So There: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4D72MAGj_FY

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
February 2nd 2013



4337 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review. This was indeed a pretty brilliant album. I rather enjoyed it myself.
POS'd.

Calc
February 2nd 2013



10846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm not surprised you've heard this already lol. Ambient music is difficult for the way I write but thank you

Yazz_Flute
February 3rd 2013



18735 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You've piqued my interest /pos

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
February 3rd 2013



9469 Comments


heard great things about this

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Chortles
February 3rd 2013



17509 Comments


will check because fripp

pos'd, good stuff

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demigod!
February 3rd 2013



40970 Comments


on a scale of 1-Schizoid how hard does this Fripp?

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
February 3rd 2013



4337 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's nothing like King Crimson. If you're looking for spacey/moody kind of music, than it can be very enjoyable.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
February 3rd 2013



5611 Comments


Good review, pos.

I should check this out at some point.

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Ecnalzen
February 3rd 2013



5856 Comments


This sounds cool. Nice write up for something that probably deserves some attention.

Calc
February 3rd 2013



10846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cool thanks everyone!

CaptainDooRight
February 3rd 2013



26394 Comments


rules, a little trebly but koo

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