On "Pandas in Tandem", the ghost of Erik Satie treads lightly over a shuffle breakbeat; the result is fragile and crystalline, as tentatively pristine as snowflakes. Elsewhere, heavy rhythmic breathing carries "Around the Corner from Everywhere"; slivers of what sounds like hammered dulcimer undulate through "Johnny Cake", and clarinets collude conspiratorially on "As Fast as I Could Look Away She was Still There".
BJ Cole adds a lustrous haze of pedal-steel guitar tones to "Reflected in the Eye of a Dragon Fly". Sometimes there are trumpets, and sometimes guitars intrude. Sometimes Budd recites a poem. But nothing endangers the fragile poise which Budd and Zazou sustain throughout, and there is never the slightest suggestion that any of these pieces are in thrall to arbitrary rhythmic fashions. It is all beautifully simple, and simply beautiful.Reuse content