Wednesday, December 22, 2010

However - Calling (1985/1995)

You wouldn't think a lot of good progressive rock would have come out in the United States in the 1980's, but if there's anything I know about music, its that there's an exception to every rule. In this case, a little-known bunch from Washington called However are the troublemakers at fault!

Blending jazzy Canterbury Scene-like quirkiness with things as disparate as New Wave and Pop, there's a certain magic to the sheer density of music contained within this hour plus LP, twenty tracks of varying strangeness, complexity and even beautiful accessibility when you might least expect it. Opener 'Orion' comes off as a punkish early Cocteau Twins number featuring liberal use of flute while another song such as 'Earthtime' will strike you as vintage Steve Roach with a twisted brimming in the darkness of distant drums and wailing sax. And when you have such brazenly well done stuff like that at ear, you will be struck at how fitting a record like Calling is for the mid 80's, yet at the same time a tantalizing product of great ideas which transcends the era of its birth.

This here is a recording of timeless, underrated wonder and wrought in excellence by occasionally disorienting contrast with each proceeding listen. I can't recommend it enough!

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  1. Greetings Drake!

    Thank you for your positive review of However Calling.

    Calling was first released as an LP in 1985 on Cuneiform; 1984 stated on the LP jacket is incorrect. Calling was then released as a CD with several more tracks in 1995 on Kinesis; this is the version referenced in your review.

    The 2010 CD reissue of Calling on North America East Recordings includes additional mastering, a previously unreleased track, a track previously unreleased on CD, and expanded booklet pages. If you e-mail a current address to, a complimentary copy of the CD reissue will be mailed to you.

    Best to you!

    Peter Princiotto, member of However

  2. Ah, thank you for the kind feedback good sir! I assumed the record was originally issued in 1984: tis my fault for not establishing which edition I was reviewing. :)

    I would love to hear the 2010 reissue, so I shall send an email post-haste!

    Thank you so much for stopping by, and the best to you as well!