Talking to me from Brooklyn, where the band now live, Goldberger mentions early-'70s tabla-infused electric Miles Davis as "a big influence on all of us." You'll also recognize some of the extended odd-beat phrasing and scales of Indian music in Surface to Air, but there's also a strong element of folk in their pensive melodies. And their "covers" come out of left field — "Blood Simple" is the Carter Burwell tune from the Coen Brothers movie of that title, and "Heysátan" comes from Icelandic ambient-rockers Sigur Ros.
"It's all inspired by film music," Goldberger says of Surface to Air, any music "that can evoke images." His own film work includes scoring his director-brother Julian's 2006 film, The Hawk Is Dying (with Paul Giamatti).
As for "Heysátan," Goldberger says, "I'm not a huge Sigur Ros fan, but that track stood out for me. They're a very textural band, so I'm attracted to the ambient nature of it. But it also has a beautiful melody. I strive for that so much: a good melody." Something Duke Robillard could relate to.
DUKE ROBILLARD | Regattabar, Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St, Cambridge | June 29 @ 7:30 pm | $20| 617.395.7757 or regattabarjazz.com | SURFACE TO AIR | Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge | June 30 @ 10 pm | $10 | lily-pad.net
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