This is a solo record of mine recorded in Dec. 2011, an instrumental outing. Here's a review from Mr. Atavist (Sunrise Ocean Bender: WRIR FM 97.3)
Jay Tausig is indeed himself, and he alone wrote and performed Ipse, At Non Solus, a fiery prog workout that should satisfy old school yearnings without leaving you feeling like you just got a cheap imitation or wrapped yourself in an old moth eaten gold cape. Stripping the bloat and overblown showmanship, Tausig conjures up the choicest ghosts of prog past into a thoroughly modern setting. Everything gels and shines without calling attention to the fact that this is the work of a one man army with the battle cry of ‘look what I can do.’ The fact that he did do it all is a massive piece of the puzzle, and appeal, but it’s obvious that’s not the mission. Making touchstones out of Crimson, Tull, Yes, Hawkwind, Floyd and more top shelf ingredients than your favorite overpriced upscale bar, Tausig blends them all into his own statement, that if anything, could by-pass a prog pigeon-hole and be called traditional. I’d hazard a guess Tausig is simply making the prog records he wants to hear. No small feat, and neither is having your heart, and to these ears, taste in the right place.
Impetus and the Outward Spiral kicks it all off with a rush and a middle section that walks a fine line between being somewhat of a respite, and a slightly unhinged freakout; a perfect bellwether for what unfolds. Through the Ozone takes the dynamic gallop of Tull at their finest and ups the ante as well as thickens it without turning it into congested prog pudding. Green Planet (Song for Zero) proves it’s not all histrionics and pyrotechnics, providing not only a more unhurried outing, but strengthens the dynamics overall. Next up, Teeth shows it has some, a full mouth…from molars to incisors. Opening with a Crimson like stomp, Teeth moves through fusion tinged breaks and billowy space clouds. Clouds become vapor trails on Elementals, the longest cut that never over stays its welcome, or takes more than it needs to get done what it set out to do. The title cut swings back around to the more vivid, reigniting the fireworks of the more incendiary cuts, but still tempered with enough places to wander and slow down that it doesn’t wear you out.
Closer Nocturne winds down for the landing with a Genesis feel that rolls out for a tasteful finish, not too hot, but not tepid, highlighting another big appeal of Ipse, At Non Solus: for all the instrumental working out and fireworks, it never comes across as putting the foot through the floorboards. Tempered with cuts like Green Planet and Elementals, Ipse, At Non Solus is aware that the highs and the heat mean nothing without the full spectrum.
Through the Ozone :: Jay Tausig :: Ipse, At Non Solus (2011, Lemuria Music)
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