Diagonal – ‘Arc’

9-Green / Stars Below / Citadel / Spectrum Explodes / Warning Flare / Arc / The Vital / Celestia

After three releases on Rise Above Records all went quiet from Diagonal.  But out of nowhere, seven years after recording 2012’s The Second Mechanism the group gathered for new sessions. With no expectations or preparation after just a week in the studio, the group emerged with the basis for a new album.

Arc is their most organic sounding effort to date. Noticeable changes have been made to the sound, with an increased presence of both vocals and acoustic instrumentation. Track ‘Stars Below’sees the band explore their interests in jazz tinged folk, whereas ‘The Vital’ ends up somewhere in orbit around Talk Talk’s later work or an ECM recording. In contrast the tracks ‘The Spectrum Explodes’ and ‘9-Green’ boast tight grooves that shift and break as synths, sax and distorted guitar come to the fore.

The band’s myriad musical influences have led to music that draws from different genres and eras, blurring the timelines in the process. Those seeking an album in which to immerse themselves will find reward here.

Alex Crispin – Organ, Electric Piano, Vocals
Luke Foster – Drums, Percussion
Ross Hossack – Synthesiser
Daniel Pomlett – Bass
Nicholas Whittaker – Alto & Soprano Saxophone, Vocals
David Wileman  – Acoustic & Electric Guitars
Recorded and Produced by Alex Crispin