Posted on by jdoerck | Posted in Review | Tagged ,

You want to give Mike Olson's Incidental (Henceforth Records) a good listen. At least, if you appreciate innovation--sounds by a composer who learned the rulebook, went outside it and, imaginatively transcending, decided to write his own page.

The label's press release extols the CD as having "diversity, intellectual rigor, and sheer sonic splendor," heralding the disc as an "intricate construction." All well and good. Accurate, too. Olson waxes madly adventurous into cerebral territory at the same time, making music the listener can feel. No mean feat.