Eyes of a Blue Dog are an Anglo-Norwegian trio consisting of Elisabeth Nygaard, Rory Simmons and Terje Evensen. "Hamartia", the follow-up to their acclaimed debut, "Rise", had its work cut out for it. And while many would consider them a "Jazz" ensemble (of sorts), the question that would arise would be: "Will this be more or less jazz than before?" The answer: yes. And No. And mostly: who cares?
Album opener "Spin Me" begins with a yearning vocal from Elisabeth Nygaard, before gliding through a melodic mixture of guitar and electronics. Hints of traditional folk weave in and out (particularly in the vocal harmonies), but don't let this bare-bones description fool you into thinking this is some kind of sub-par Eurovision entry. Echoes of Mimi Goese's "Soak" era recordings come to mind.
"Closer" delivers a much more sonically distinctive sound, driven, but not aggressive initially, and taking on ...