By Alan Freeman

By the music they create you'd scarcely believe that this trio of: Stuart Diamond (lyricon), Karen Bentley (violin) and Don Slepian, are American. You see, one is used to a certain feel in synth fronted music from the USA, but Electric Diamond sound so very European. I suppose the reasons for this are the instrumentation and the classical/medieval feel of the music. Very Italian, very Vangelis, very baroque and mysterious. It's unlike anything Don Slepian has done before too, relaxed and restrained without being tedious. The subtleties and richness of the musical textures add to make a music of spontaneous vitality. 'Performed live', with 'no overdubbing or midi-sequencing' it says on the cover - and it's all the better for it.