Despite the fact that 2008’ Leucocyte, would be the Esbjörn Svensson Trio's final album due to the tragic scuba diving accident that killed Svensson, this was a band that had traversed such wide musical territory they deserved a retrospective treatment simply to sum up what had transpired between the release of 1993’s When Everyone Has Gone and that premature finale. While this 70-minute single disc doesn’t contain any unreleased material, or pre-1999 material (in favor of presenting the trio’s fully developed aesthetic), it is beautifully compiled.
Ibiza is the natural home of Human Design. A place where so many were attracted by the possibility of living a life that was ‘different’ from the homogenized standards of the societies where their journey originated. I was one of them when I arrived on the island 25 years ago looking for a way out of my struggle and to transcend my fears that life seemed to carry no other purpose than simply surviving, and in spite of enjoying the exotics of the ‘new age life style’ that being in such place brought into my life, I remained blind for years to the deeper layers of what this magical island had to offer.
Brent Bourgeois was one half of the equation known as Bourgeois Tagg, a pop/rock band who had a small number of hits in the mid/late 80's, including "Mutual Surrender (What A Wonderful World" and "I Don't Mind At All". Critics were comparing Bourgeois to Paul McCartney and Todd Rundgren. As the band were preparing to record a third album, Bourgeois kindly left them to pursue a solo career. Some felt the huge success of "I Don't Mind At All" would lead to greater success for him. Unfortunately it didn't work out that way.