"The Machinist," for instance, is frenzied jazz-rock, whereas Grdina's guitar work on "Ornette" could be better described as mathy (although the tune is no less frantic). The keys in the more contemplative "Gaza" lend it a psychedelic air, while you get a funky groove in "Finger Lakes." Then there's a distinctive Eastern flavour that crops up in several tracks, perhaps most emphatically amidst the drone on "Demon Sparrow."
Although Grdina and Loewen are perhaps better known for their work with Dan Mangan, the Vancouver musicians' exuberant performances here show they're clearly enjoying themselves as Peregrine Falls. In fact, each of them chew up the scenery so much on their respective instruments that it's a good thing they're only a duo — there'd be no room for anyone else. (Drip Audio)