It’s been quite a while since I came to terms with myself and accepted the fact that I am very susceptible to the little surprises that come out of the “Small Blues Trap” albums. The element of surprise is always present and no matter how hard someone may try to guess what they have in mind, he will end up admitting that was completely overwhelmed once again.

Well, for the blues purists, their new project is a “no-no”. There isn’t much blues in this album, at least the kind of blues people are used to listening to. However, this album will manage to seize you if you just let it play. I guess this is exactly what Paul Karapiperis had in mind when he composed those songs. Paul has become an expert when it comes to exposing human emotions and the way they relate to time changes. To him, time is not linear as we all know it. Paul views time as a universal law that has its own authority to maximize, minimize, lengthen, shorten, disappear, remain unchanged or run at a very fast pace that the human mind cannot follow.

The first song “Gambling” will rock the hell out of every listener with Panagiotis Daras’ scorching guitar playing. Superstition and hope in vain are the main elements of the song which depicts the pathology of a gambler.
The second song “This Little Tune” reminded me of some compositions by the legendary band “Babe Ruth”. Excellent guitar work aiming at pouring oil in trouble water so as to sooth the wild beasts of human destiny.
The third song “Time Tricks” has a jazzy flavor in the beginning but as it progresses it dances with the chaotic situation we encounter when we become disoriented and feel that the sky is just about ready to fall on our heads. The lyrics have a “Roger Water-ish” approach which puts the listener into the mood of disputing the all of the ways of measuring time we know of. As I mentioned before, time is not linear for Paul Karapiperis.
The fourth song “I wish I could Fly” has a funky pace and it evolves around human dilemmas that occasionally flirt with vanity. Unfulfilled promises, shattered dreams and love affairs that end with pain are the things that come to mind after listening to this song.
The song that follows, the “Strange Shade of Red” is a ballad with a Dobro guitar as well as a violin paying tribute to the illusionary world we live in. Panagiotis Daras has proven to be a very multi-talented musician with a very high level of inspiration in his playing. As the song progressed, it reminded me of another legendary group, “It’s A Beautiful Day”.
The sixth song titled “I’m Leaving This Town” is the only song that a blues purist would welcome. It depicts the human drive to abandon every experience of the past and start a new life, a feeling quite common to all humans especially when times get rough.
The seventh song will definitely take you to an old saloon in the south and prepare you for a unique experience; the revenge of Jesse James who comes to life to haunt all those who sent him to death. The music has a country & western flavor which blends nicely with the general atmosphere of the CD.

As a conclusion, I would say that this CD is a Small Blues Trap landmark because it carries in full their thirst for experimentation and materialization of their talent. So, Thumbs up once again guys!
Keep on keeping on!

Dimitris Epikouris
Author, translator, blues aficionado