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Other Doors is Soft Machine's first studio album since 2018's Hidden Detail and marks a new chapter in the history of the legendary band (both an ending and a beginning).
This album sees the final studio appearance of drum legend John Marshall, who has decided to retire due to ongoing health issues. The album also sees the introduction of bass player Fred Baker (Hugh Hopper / Phil Miller) to the band following the retirement of Roy Babbington. John Etheridge and Theo Travis complete the line-up.
Comprising new material and a reimagining of two Soft Machine classics - Penny Hitch and Joy of a Toy - Other Doors includes atmospheric improvisations, psychedelic free jazz, burning jazz rock, screaming guitar, hypnotic looped alto flutes, fretless bass grooves, powerful drums and experimental electronic music.
Soft Machine continues to pursue its musically ambitious, wide-ranging, jazz based music without boundaries.
Cover image by Lasse Hoile and design by Carl Glover.
CD in 6-panel digipack
1   Careless Eyes (Travis, Etheridge) 2.28
2   Penny Hitch (Jenkins) 6.49
3   Other Doors (Etheridge) 4.51
4   Crooked Usage (Travis) 8.29
5   Joy of a Toy (Ayers, Ratledge) 3.24
6   A Flock of Holes (Travis, Marshall) 2.18
7   Whisper Back (Etheridge) 1.41
8   The Stars Apart (Etheridge) 4.23
9   Now! Is the Time (Babbington, Baker) 2.16
10  Fell to Earth (Travis) 5.51
11 The Visitor at the Window (Travis) 4.08
12  Maybe Never (Travis) 2.26
13  Back in Season (Travis) 7.17
John Etheridge: guitars
Theo Travis: tenor and soprano saxophones, flutes, Fender Rhodes, piano, electronics
Fred Thelonious Baker: fretless bass guitar
John Marshall: drums and percussion
With special guest:
Roy Babbington: (additional) bass guitar on tracks 2 & 9
Produced by Theo Travis and John Etheridge