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Infinity - Album Review: Icy Blue Planet

16 Jul 2020 // A review by Mike Alexander

Infinity suggests the probability of all possibilities and the possibility of all probabilities.

It's an apt name for this Hawke's Bay duo - multi instrumentalist Pateriki Hura and drummer Cameron Budge - who have now shown on two albums that their musical sweep is broad and astonishingly expansive for a duo.

In a similar vein to their self-titled debut album, Icy Blue Planet is a mixture of groove laden, dynamically textured and beautifully crafted instrumentals.

The nine tracks vary in length from the taut and edgy guitar blaze of Bucket at three minutes twenty three seconds to the towering nine minutes-plus Days On End 1,2 & 3 which has a lyrical saxophone melody and feel reminiscent of Weather Report at their most reflective and then morphs into a laid-back piano-primed interlude before switching gears into a rousing gnarly guitar workout.

There are elements of smooth jazz, specifically on the George Benson-styled The Phantom, gritty rock of the kind you'd expect from Neil Young's Crazy Horse, funk, the blues and even the occasional ambient hue.

The musicianship and production is impeccable, which makes this second serving from Infinity one to dine out on.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )
 

About Infinity

Infinity are a NZ Instrumental Rock Band with a love of wide open spaces and exotica. Within our music every musical part is aware and respectful of every other parts role. We create the space which allows the musical parts to communicate their ideas freely.

We invite you into our world. If you're into a fresh approach and a unique blend of elements and style then this album is for you.

This is a no rap zone. There's no bling and fast cars. It's not an elevator or the pop music supermarket. It is a place which displays the joy of craftsmen at home in their work, exploring new form, taking some risks and loving it.

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Releases

Icy Blue Planet
Year: 2020
Type: Album
Infinity
Year: 2017
Type: Album

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