Jason J. Bundy â€“ Returning / 2007 Self / 4 Tracks / http://jasonjbundy.com/ /
After receiving â€œReturningâ€, I really wish I was more familiar with the I Ching, as the title refers to the 24th hexagram of that work. The limited edition of Bundyâ€™s â€œReturningâ€ features a hand-painted cover, and gives a certain gravitas to each of the four cuts on the disc. The first track on this EP is â€œSalutations To The Sunâ€, which shows Bundy as an artist that can work outside of traditional thought when it comes to genres and styles. There is a heavy atmospheric component that comes out during this introductory track â€“ while there is little in the way of easily-discernible differentiation during the song, the slight shifts that Bundy takes snowball into something large by the end of the track.
The overall approach is similar during â€œLiber ALâ€, but there seems to be quicker shifts in the overall music present. Things switch to a pulsating, droning style of music that approximate that of a machine, while a second, higher-pitched tone acts to give the track a different sound. Each of the four tracks on â€œReturningâ€ give individuals a different slice of the influences and styles that go into the creative process for Bundy. Where each of the tracks contribute to a cohesive sound on â€œReturningâ€, there is enough variation between the tracks to keep individuals focused on Bundyâ€™s contributions here. There is a more ominous sound present during the introduction to â€œBreathing Fluidâ€. Where these sounds are generated by instruments, I canâ€™t help but compare the compositions on â€œReturningâ€ to the throat-singing style of artists like Kongar-ol Ondar.
There is ostensibly one set of sounds creating the music on â€œReturningâ€, but different sections of each track create different ways to interpret this sound. Individuals that have been acculturated to popular music may find it hard to give â€œReturningâ€ an unbiased listen, but I exhort everyone to drop any assumptions about what music is intended to do and to go into â€œReturningâ€ without any pre-conceived notions. If listeners are able to do that, the album will be enough to open oneâ€™s eyes. This is a truly Spartan release, but it is effective like the namesake tribe in that Bundy is able to do so much with so little on each track. Pick up â€œReturningâ€ and give yourself enough time to properly meditate on what Bundy has provided. If you can, you will gain the benefits inherent in this album.
Top Track: Returning