AMN Reviews: Jeff Burch – Self-titled [Important Records Imprec402]

burch_cover_webJeff Burch’s solo release blends instruments and influences into two long, heterogeneous performances rich in surface textures. The first of these is The Nine Points, which begins with an insistently strummed chord on acoustic guitar framing and orienting a lead line on saxophone. Gradually the track settles into a foundational C over a B, with long tones layered on top as chords thicken very slowly and give way to otherworldly sounds from modular synth. A wash of static at the end serves as a kind of coda. La Perouse follows with a brisk rhythm and an atmosphere and sonic palette that wouldn’t be out of place on an epic of vintage European psychedelia.