Ever since local flutists got bit by the Kickstarter bug, I seem to be doing a lot of my gift shopping there. This week in the mail I received my Areon Flutes CD titled “Gossip Cats are Dancing” that was my reward for helping to cover production costs of the album.
The verdict? I love it: It’s a trip!
First, the cover art is cool. It’s so cool that even I, a confirmed not-cool-person, know that it’s cool.
Second, I like the music. It’s playful, fun, and shows off the range of sounds and textures of different flutes. They whip out an F Bass flute for Robert Dick’s title track and then tear through graceful piccolo riffs in “Four Elements for Four Flutes” by Chia-Ying Chiang. And while for most of the heavy lifting they stick to the C flutes, I suspect there’s a G Alto and C Bass flute making appearances throughout.
Admittedly my musical taste trends toward the pretty, fu-fu stuff. But this is new, edgy music with enough sonority for me to hang onto.