Crawler-A by timeofsage published on 2013/10/27 18:22:25 +0000 The CD contains 7 tracks of music that brings to mind bands like Oregon and John McLaughlin's Shakti. The song flow is wonderful with a mix of energetic with slower tracks that makes it difficult to stop listening until the entire CD has played. The effect is that this is dramatic and technical music yet it is also melodic such that it can also wash over the ears with the silkyness of New Age music. This means if you listen to it with your full attention you will be rewarded for it but if you just happen to play it only hearing it without concentration you will be equally as rewarded. That is a rare combination that speaks to the success of this fusion. Yes, this is accoustic guitar and accoustic violin but it is rich and full as if a larger ensemble were performing and not just two gentlemen playing live. This is due to the incredible performances but also to the really fine compositions. From the opening and energetic Left Window to the so-sensitive Ripple this album flows and carries the listener along with it. This is not easy listening and some songs like Seventeen are filled with enough tension to keep Rio/Avant folks atuned.