What is immediately striking about the album in full is its brooding space and progression. From ambient tones and warped classic synths, to rigorous live instrumentation, the sonic palette enriches as the odyssey continues. Much akin to a camera lens drifting in and out of focus, Daze toys with periodic collapse and elongated movements, but always pulls the listener back through percussive punctuation.
The collaborations featured on the record occurred naturally, however the sessions played out differently. Sloth's unique trumpet work on the opener is a entirely improvised workout without specific key or time signatures. In contrast Yonatan, a classically trained jazz musician from Tel Aviv now residing in NYC, added bowed and fingered double bass to an already arranged work. Finally, the piece with Bruno Pronsato became a re-imagination of a previous live composition under their OTHERS moniker. Each partnership subtly enriches the spectrum, yet never overtaking Daze's position at the helm.
Haunting every intimate beat and phrase is a true jazz sensibility. A diligent yet self taught student of composition and theory, Manowki's brilliance lies within his persistent tight-walk of texture and melody. Rising/Falling is as intrinsically musical and direct as is gets, and the outcome is elegantly unsettling.