Coins & Crosses
Opening with the short introduction piece Introit the album quickly gets moves up a gear with the eponymous Coins and Crosses, a fabulous representation of Teague\'s intense production skill and Rhodri Davies\' peerless harp-work. The result comes across like Alice Coltrane blended seamlessly with Steve Reich and is one of the high points of the record, perfectly realising Teague\'s grand vision. On producing the album Teague noted that his primary influences were early sacred music and mysticism, but instead of moving towards the obvious dark mystery associated with these subjects he has interpreted them as moving, emotional and affirmative.
When the album\'s centrepiece; the entirely orchestral Fantasia for Strings appears at the halfway mark it is impossible not to be floored. A wholeheartedly moving epic which would not sound out of place juxtaposed with the cinematic imagery of Kieslowski or Bergman, this is where Teague\'s compositional skills flourish absolutely. Although he is equally at home blending electronic elements with orchestral sounds, Fantasia shows he has exactly what it takes to compose competently without the aid of electronics whatsoever.
As the album draws to a satisfying close with the rousing harp-led Rounds, you realise that you have been taken on a grand voyage. Each track tells a different part of an epic story taking you though waves of passionate energy and emotion, and like all the best films you will want to go through that journey time and time again.