(This text has been machine translated.) I have the impression that reggae instrumentals are currently experiencing a revival. Just think of the latest releases by Clive Hunt, The Roots Makers, Addis Records or z. B. to the beautiful Gregory Isaacs Tribute by Megumi Mesaku. The brass section often plays a major role in this. This is also the case with this impressive EP from the Swiss mountains: "Winds of Matterhorn". With just four tracks, it's actually a 12 “single. It is known that such short formats are useful dubblog not of interest. But in this case we have to make an exception. Because the four tracks make up a complete album. Produced with Swiss precision, it is by no means just a matter of rhythms that were actually recorded as song backing, but rather of completely composed instrumental “songs”. In other styles of music, such as jazz, it is actually a matter of course, but unfortunately largely forgotten in reggae. That's why we're miles away from the typical at the Winds of Matterhorn Dub-Instrumentals in which a solo instrument (such as the melodica) runs through an uninspired soloing without any reference to the pre-produced rhtyhm. It is quite obvious that the Winds of Matterhorn tunes were planned, composed and executed as instrumentals from the start. A function as vocal backing was never intended. The arrangements are as artistic as they are powerful and follow a clever dramaturgy. Instrumental solos and rhythm are closely interwoven, as if they were in close dialogue. There are good contrasts: Sensitive, calm passages collide with a wall of sound and the elegiac sounds of flute and cello meet thunderous brass sections. There is no boredom here.
Behind the Winds of Matterhorn are trombonist Matteo D'Amico and producer Jean-Baptise Bottliglieri, as well as a number of other accomplished musicians. Because in the old fashioned way, all instruments were played by hand. The sound is simply brilliant, maximally dynamic and simply beguiling. The only drawback: four tracks are far too few. When is the album coming? Until then, we are comforted by the knowledge that the European Wareika Hills are in the Swiss Alps.