Album of the Week: Jac Berrocal, David French & Vincent Epplay

Fabulously unfamiliar. Sometimes, some days, I want to hear something fabulously unfamiliar. Past experience has proven that Jac Berrocal often delivers along these lines, even though I’ve come to expect such a thing from him. Familiarity breeds, in this case, continual surprise.

Ice Exposure on Blackest Ever Black, released in January of this year, is trumpet player and vocalist Berrocal’s latest outing where he’s joined by David French on electric guitar, percussion and field recording, Vincent Epplay mainly on percussion and vocalist Sayoko on but one track, “Lisiere Island”.

This is film music without the film, short vignettes filled by a cold void and long lost sense of longing. Carnival jazz? Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely as filmed by Jean-Luc Godard with a soundtrack created by the chance meeting of a sewing machine and an umbrella on a dissecting table sampled by The Bug.

If you know those references, at least a layer deep, you’ll know what not to expect from Ice Exposure.