The group new release, "Steam", combines collective freely improvised jams with new writing from Hopper, Etheridge and Travis. Gone are the keyboards that so defined 1970s Soft Machine. In their place are modernistic sampling/looping and sonic processing, creating expansive soundscapes not possible during Soft Machine heyday. Between Etheridge broad sonics, Hopper's legendary bass loops and "fuzztonics" and Travis system of ambitronics - allowing him to sample his saxophones and flutes in real time and naturally layer unpredictable harmonies - Soft Machine (Legacy) often sounds larger than a quartet.
Powerful rock rhythms, funky progressive jazz-rock grooves and abstract interaction are interspersed with muscular soloing and dense textures. A modern look at Chloe & The Pirates from 1973 "Six" is brought into the 21st Century, anchored by Etheridge loops and the light but insistent groove of Hopper and Marshall. The group is driven by a tradition of experimentation and unfettered improvisational abandon that remains purposeful, hard-edged and exciting.
Listen to Tracks:
1. Footloose 8:46 8. So English 8:29
2. The Steamer 4:38 9. Dave Acto 6:25
3. The Big Man 5:08 10. Anything To Anywhere 5:20
4. Chloe & The Pirates 7:27
5. In The Back Room 7:10
6. The Last Day 5:20
7. Firefly 6:41