Transitions is the fifth contemporary classical/minimalist album by Malcolm Galloway, singer/multi-instrumentalist and composer of award winning progressive rock band Hats Off Gentlemen It's Adequate.
The album consists of minimalist pieces, filled with joyfully intricate interlocking and interacting patterns. Sandwiched between these is a slow, contemplative atonal contemporary classical piece with a peaceful resolution.
The first track, 'Pattern Jugglers', is named after an alien species in novelist Alastair Reynold's Revelation Space series.
The second track, 'Slow', is an atonal but delicate contemplative interlude between the vivacious first track and the longest track, 'Transitions'.
Transitions is a gradually evolving minimalist piece, which becomes more joyful as it progresses. It reflects Malcolm's experience of a time of transition in his life. Malcolm trained as a neuropathologist, however due to Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome it became increasingly painful for him to spend time sitting at a microscope. The piece relates to his acceptance that for medical reasons he is having to leave behind his previous career, while remaining passionately committed to living a creative life.
The album is now available at malcolmgalloway.bandcamp.com
and a preview video is at youtu.be/QxFnItgxMk8
Recommended for fans of Steve Reich, Philip Glass, John Adams.
"A couple of words to describe MINIMALIST PERFECTION. When I close my eyes images of Milla jovovich spring to mind along with Blade runner, fifth element and other Sci fi movies. The songs are a joy to listen to. Thanks for creating another masterpiece" Jason Maddock (host/producer of Revolutionary Radio Show, Phonic.FM)
"I love the Oldfield vibe and the way those driving ostinatos create an almost hypnotic sense of the music driving forward and floating AT THE SAME TIME. Bravo!" Julian Haylock, classical music critic, former editor of CD Review and International Piano Quarterly, and author of acclaimed books on Mahler, Puccini and Rachmaninov.
"Bloody marvellous" Martin Hutchinson, managing director of Progradar