Evolving around Ackamoor’s intricate compositions, the album takes us effortlessly across moods and emotions through a series of expansive, extended pieces. Starting with ritual, soul-searching, and masculine vulnerability on the title track, the band explores timeless existence on ‘Eternity’ and mourns the sudden loss of loved ones in the prescient ‘When Will I See You Again?’, a track which gains new relevance amidst the current COVID-19 crisis. Ackamoor pays tribute to his mentor Cecil Taylor on the angular ‘Theme For Cecil’ and renders homage to the ancestors on ‘Salvation’ and ‘The Last Slave Ship’, recalling the last ship to bring slaves to the US from Africa, the Clotilda. The superb ‘Virgin’ is an anthem of forgiveness, new beginnings and self-healing.
• Best album by Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids since band’s early ‘70s recordings
• Explores introspective themes of love and loss, family and the afterlife across four ‘Acts’
• Produced by Malcolm Catto at his analogue Quatermass studio in London
• Featuring original Pyramids member Margaux Simmons and long term band associates Sandra Poindexter and Bobby Cobb
• Original cover artwork created by Tokio Aoyama in Japan