The Juryman touch is totally recognizable in “The Ballad Of Den The Men”, with its haunted soundscapes, his talking blues-like vocal style… Yet this album sees Simmonds leave the shores of pure electronic music and ascend to new heights: by combining folk guitars, electric pianos, jazz tangents and electronic textures with his inimitable voice and inspired, sharp lyrics, he’s created a highly inebriating mixture which practically define a new genre.
To create this new project, Ian has left England and moved to the easternmost part of Germany. He settled in the small town of Jena which, appropriately, is both the historical cradle of the German Romantic movement – Goethe and Schiller lived there- and of Zeiss, major trailblazers in precision optics…(“doesn’t Ian’s writing seem to be poised somewhere in between ?” asks a facetious observer). There he recruited four very young & talented musicians, students in the renowned Dresden jazz school, to form the Wise in Time band.
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