Maverick U.K. minimalist Steve Martland made waves with his initial discs for British dance/rock indie Factory and BMG's now-defunct Catalyst art-house imprint; with their dynamic manifesto of sound,

Maverick U.K. minimalist Steve Martland made waves with his initial discs for British dance/rock indie Factory and BMG's now-defunct Catalyst art-house imprint; with their dynamic manifesto of sound, Martland and his devoted players often appealed more to enlightened rock fans than to die-hard classicists. The high-impact rhythms of Dutch minimalist Louis Andriesson can be heard in Martland's work, but the younger composer offers a more vernacular brand of melody than his teacher. Featuring seven premiere recordings, Horses of Instruction serves as an ideal primer for the Martland Band aesthetic. Sounding like an assembly line in song, the 15-minute title track should thrill fans of the upbeat Michael Nyman. "Kick" puts manic twists on old English fiddle music, while "Mr. Anderson's Pavane" sets a more stately spin on the Renaissance slow dance. And in a piece to raise the bar on rock/classical crossover, "Terminal"—originally penned for British rock band Spiritualized—is a thrill ride of edgy melody and percussive drama. Distributed in the U.S. by Harmonia Mundi and in the U.K. by Select.—BB

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