Now Is The Time
Is now the time? Spirit In The Dark has the answer. Take three of the hottest players on the scene, let them spin like a Leslie speaker, then chill or groove or get your gospel glad-rags on, because Now Is The Time is the answer. Featuring the combined talents of keyboardist David Wallumrød (Torun Eriksen, Beady Belle, Serena Maneesh, Jan Eggum, Jarle Bernhoft), bassist Audun Erlien (Knut Reiersrud, Nils Petter Molvær, Eivind Aarset, Bendik Hofseth) and drummer Anders Engen (Bugge Wesseltoft, Morten Harket, Eivind Aarset, Laurent Garnier), this is an all-killer-no-filler improvisational, musical conversational, and utterly sensational excursion through pure joy, whether on original compositions or carefully chosen classics. As regular participants in Cosmopolite Scene's Organ Club, the group has evolved, with a stylistically diverse but utterly consistent repertoire and spirit. Their sound is led by Wallumrød's keyboards, particularly the Hammond organ, but this doesn't mean that Erlien and Engen have their stars obscured - quite the contrary in fact: there are those locked-in grooves of drum'n'bass splendor underpinning some of the groovier tracks on the album, and there are enough improvisational flourishes and solo passages to keep even the hungriest fan of the rhythm section satisfied. Whether on an up-tempo groove, rocking out, shuffling, swinging, or floating through soulful atmospherics, the group remain on-point, neither missing nor wasting the opportunities presented by their jams. If there is any irony here, it's the fact that a group named Spirit In The Dark can make music that is so luminescent. So, to go back to that question: Is now the time? Absolutely! Personnel: David Wallumrød - Hammond organ, Clavinet, Minimoog, Prophet 5, piano, hand claps; Audun Erlien - bass, hand claps; Anders Engen - drums, percussion, hand claps.