‘Symbiosis II’ - Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton - unmatched aural experience(April 12, 2018)
First there was ‘Symbiosis’ an album of considerable enchantment, different with a capital ‘D’ and responsible for creating a haunting spell that instantly beguiled anyone that listened. Crafted by Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton it took expressive instrumentation to new heights. To perpetuate that magic, the pair now release ‘Symbiosis II’ – another blend of tradition and innovation, a joining of acoustic and electronic, and an album of scintillating original material.
There’s an intricate musical web woven by guitar, cittern, whistles and bagpipes plus a full string section, augmented by the inclusion of synthesisers, drums and bodhran to capture the breadth and depth of these stunning compositions. Once again, the symbiotic matching of thought and expression between the artists creates a priceless collaboration. The expedition through ‘Symbiosis II’ is an unmatched aural experience that ranges from softly engaging to dynamically insistent, start this expedition and you’ll remain with it to the end.
‘Symbiosis II’ features Ross Ainslie (Highland pipes, whistles, cittern, banjo) Ali Hutton (Highland pipes, whistles, acoustic, electric and tenor guitar) with Duncan Lyall (Moog, synth) Martin O’Neill (bodhran, drums) Steven Byrnes (drums) Patsy Reid (strings) and Gus Sicard (Pipe Band snare drum).
Review: Charlie Elland