Music Review: Simon Sammut – ‘Crossing’

Published 10:00 pm, Sunday, July 16, 2017

A kaleidoscope of soundscapes inspired by conceptual and literary arts, Crossing, from bass player/composer Simon Sammut, incites the listener to reflect privately in moments of solitude. These are instrumentals, ambient and ethereal, designed for the individual to savor and assess their meaning. They impel the audience to mull over one’s life, the decisions pursued, and the outcome of choices made. Although Sammut’s inspiration for the instrumentals are personal to him, his source of inspiration is not immediately gleaned by the listener. The compositions are personal to the individual in other ways, setting the mind on a course to drift into one’s inner thoughts.

Instruments have a soft sonorous through “The Tin Soldier’s Last Dance,” as the keyboards blend into a whispery field of horns and guitar strings. The mood is solemn, as the rhythmic drumbeats form a buttress made of a marching cadence, giving audiences the impression of a soldier’s repetitive taps. Sammut’s inspiration for the piece is Hans Christian Andersen‘s fairytale, “The Steadfast Tin Soldier,” a story about a toy soldier who experiences an escape from the toy chest, falling out a window, and being thrown into a hearth where it is melted down. The soldier is steadfast through each stage of its life. The music, like the story, incites audiences to reflect quietly and come in touch with their gentler emotions.

“Promethean Man” is equally introspective, exuding a calmness in the guitar strings that is ambient in texture and ethereal in its timbres. Inspired by the Greek myth about the God-like figure, Prometheus, who stole fire from Mount Olympus to give to humans, the music has a liquidity density, moving like air brushing across the surface of a stream. It grazes the top layer of one’s mind, stimulating sensations that make one ponder freely.

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