Album Reviews: “If There Were Water” and “Meditation”
Reviews of the latest albums from Endless Forms and Sean Al-Jibouri
The new album from Endless Forms, “If There Were Water”
Endless Forms // “If There Were Water”
A delightfully underground find for audiophiles who love the peaceful post-rock vibe of akin locally rooted acts Ester Drang and Other Lives, Endless Forms’ newest record is sure to satisfy. With soft but driving beats and alternating complementary male and female vocals, this gentle album is a mature and well-produced work. Distant electric guitars and synth pads create a soothing sense of shoegaze space with developed structural sensibility.
Sean Al-Jibouri // “Meditation”
Master guitarist Sean Al-Jibouri can be seen playing live throughout Tulsa with a variety of groups, but this album is a charming peek into his solo work. Seven easy-listening tracks of nylon-stringed classical, electric jazz guitar and acoustic, the album exudes a sophisticated romance. Reminiscent of Leo Kottke, Pat Metheny, Michael Hedges and Bill Frisell, Al-Jibouri’s forward-thinking playing and calm mastery shines through. His gifts enhance the Tulsa music community, and this recording is a particularly nice capture of his offerings.