One might think that two guitarists playing with two drummers might find a myriad of ways to mess things up by getting in each other’s way. But that doesn’t happen here. When Montréalers Bernard Falaise and Pierre Tanguay get together with Vancouverites Samworth and Van der Schyff, they make music that exists at a deep level of understanding and sympathy.There is no duplication of effort, no stepping on toes.
For those not familiar with the musicians here, it should be noted that drummers Tanguay and Van der Schyff are not mere timekeepers to guitar histrionics by Falaise and Samworth. Most of the time, the musicians are playing with textures and levels of dynamic intensity, exploring the varieties of sound that can be produced by wood and wire, metal and skin. The music can be contemplative and moody, or jarring and provocative.
As listeners, we hope that musicians will surprise us. The great joy in playing comes when the musicians surprise one another. That I suspect, is what happened at this session.