Steeljaguar for Rocket
\"Steeljaguar Rocket\" is the second album, following-up \"Lunar Eclipse\" on Important Records. Horton again acts as the puppetmaster, pulling the strings to move each sound into its right place. Expansive improvisations and full-on psychedelic freakouts intermingle, creating a cosmic web of enchanted debris. Fiddler extraordinaire Hal Huges adds exponentially to the dynamics at work with his marvellous playing on the title track. The strained violin notes whisk the listener away to the dirt-soaked alleys of Damascus. It\'s a hypnotic journey through jewel-encrusted foreign lands, like a solo flight to sun.
Everything is not peaceful on \"Steeljaguar Rocket,\" however. Digging further into the cataclysm finds Carter & Horton turning up the volume knobs and cranking out wailing solos on top of a bed of heavy drones and cacaphonic drums. Like Horton\'s Future Ears project, it\'s equal parts noise, free jazz, and fractured folk bliss. There is no stone unturned on \"Steeljaguar Rocket,\" and just as it feels as though it will collapse in on itself, Carter & Horton bring everything back down to earth, ready to begin again.