When I got this album to review, I had never heard of Pocket Size and it took me a while to get around to reviewing it. A pity, because a lot is going on on this album.
Pocket Size is a project headed by guitarist and composer Peter Pedersen. He works together with nine other musicians on this album, including producer Tom van Hesch, who takes care of vocal duties where needed on this largely instrumental album.
The opening of Halo (Portrait of the artists as a composer) reminds me a little bit of Gong, but with a more modern touch to it. In that respect, it is different than the rest of the album, maybe with the exception of The Pickle Guys, which also features some of these typical vocals and guitar sounds, but also adds a very nice saxophone solo.
Other tracks that that caught my attention are the jazzy Orbits, with lots of organ and flute on it, En Kamouflerad Önskan, the rockiest track of them all, and the frantic organ and piano driven Chromosome.
All tracks on the album have a slightly psychedelic and jazzy feel to them, especially the ones where the organ comes in. The guitar solos are mostly rock oriented, giving it all a mixed feel. Thats a guarantee for variation, but als makes the album a slightly uncomfortable mix.
After a number of listens, I also have to admit that I still can’t point out where the theremin and vibraphone come in - partly due to the mix perhaps (organ and guitar are always very much upfront), maybe also because it is hard to stay focused while listening to this album.
An album that leaves me with mixed feelings, although there is quite a bit to like on here.