There was a time in the '80s when certain films had a gritty realism infused with a dreamlike, introspective quality — William Friedkin's To Live and Die in L.A., Michael Mann's Manhunter, Martin Scorsese's After Hours, even Brian De Palma's Body Double. That sense of disembodied hyper-reality, in which you're both participant and observer — even if only intellectually and emotionally — coats Joshua Trinidad's latest offering. Maritime is a collection of six songs that could have been the principal music for any of those films. The music is moodily atmospheric yet grounded, with more stylized textures found in songs like "Mokpo," which evokes the abstracting of a specific time and place to a more mythical form. At once ethereal and visceral, Maritime is a consistently rewarding listen.
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