AC : I certainly appreciate you taking the time to talking to us at Evolving Music today. MM : I appreciate you having us. POS : Thanks man. The May update, for those interested in numbers and stats, contains new songs, and they are excellent!
Atmosphere , When Life Gives You Lemons, Paint That Shit Gold : After two releases viewed largely as disappointing in musical content, Atmosphere has returned with an excellent set of hip-hop that finds the duo of Ant and Slug returning to the stylistic methods that created their success originally. Ant produces an album that ranges from sad slow hip-hop to upbeat party movers, with songs based in undulating bass rhythms as well as melodic piano rifts.
They continue the smooth music and laid back lyricism of the two studio albums and deliver a number of excellent tracks. This may be an EP, but it listens like a full effort album. The style hails from Peru and in its heyday was an amalgamation of pop, reggae and Latin music. Here, this North American band has picked up the style, dusted it off and infused it with a natural and unforced feeling that also includes some surf music vibes among others.
The instrumentation is exquisite, with hand drums and an organ being used to great effect throughout the album. This music is perfect for summer weather and boat trips. Dig it. Cumbias amazonicas, as they were first called, were loosely inspired by Colombian accordion-driven cumbias but soon incorporated the distinctive sounds of Andean melodies, some Cuban son, and the psychedelic sounds of surf guitars, farfisa organs and moog synthesizers.
All in all though, another solid installment from the group. The Slip is the album follow up to the esoteric and instrumental Ghosts I-IV released a few weeks ago, and finds Reznor returning to songs with lyrics and savage musical intensity that were missing on the largely landscape tracks of Ghosts.
The songs are a logical progression of his growth as a musician, and still deliver some satisfying NIN. Distortion, a combination of live and machine drums and heavy guitar saturate this album. So it came as a surprise when the new album came out and, while retaining the haunting vocals of Beth Gibbons, sounded almost nothing like its predecessors. Here, the trio explores new ground, venturing into the electronic and glitch landscapes that were just starting to exist at the beginning of their hibernation.
Soundtrack writer? Movie star? You bet. Brazilian Seu Jorge does it all, and he does it with flair. Not only acting in Life Aquatic , Jorge also provided a bulk of the soundtrack when he tackled David Bowie covers in Portugese on his guitar.
Also, I felt the same way about The Revenant when I saw who was scoring it. Fantastic aesthetics. Also, I honestly am the same way with a lot of vaporwave. The genre is flush with embryonic sounds that have only recently been fleshed out into more ambitious creations like the album. Have you heard their newer album? As I mentioned in the intro, I was inspired by all the talk about that list, but I was a bit underwhelmed by the list itself. They included a lot of great albums, but missed some really interesting ones.
Pingback: From around the web Shop Projekt: Darkwave. Late to the party but, wow… thank you so much for this. I have sampled about 4 albums so far and really dig them all. Much appreciated! Which albums did you try so far?
Pingback: Replicant [mixtape] Optimistic Underground. Nice collection — especially glad to see Liumin on here. But alas, such a shame that Robert Rich is neglected from this list! Nevertheless, I look forward to checking out some new stuff from here. Thank you for the suggestions!! Substrata has been on so many lists that it might be implied by now :P.
Organic and meditative — the two longest tracks on the album are masterpieces for me. The variety of instruments that he uses is incredible — tons of electronic equipment with flutes, lap steel guitar and percussion. His releases will definitely give you something to deep dive into :.
Wow, Rich sounds right up my alley, especially with the lap steel guitar stuff. Wonderfully warm, enveloping sounds, I wrote about it around July I believe. I forgot to reply here before letting you know that Rich was indeed my cup of tea. I thoroughly enjoy Echo of Small Things, and have a couple others lined up for near future listening. No Substrata? Just kidding, I realize all this stuff is subjective.
That album is a masterpiece. I really, really regret not including Substrata. I even used Hyperborea in a mix a couple years ago! I so wish we could have had a follow-up from this project.
Reblogged this on Sirena Ross and commented: Oh my gosh! I love a lot of Eno but this one always seemed his purest ambient release to me. Roxy Music were just amazing too. Secede — Tryshasla This is an amazing concept album about a dying man who journeys in mis mind to a world called Tryshasla. But Secede manages to pull it off brilliantly, with very few lyrics, just from the power and mood of the music.
The Piketon Massacre. On the night of April 21, in rural Piketon, Ohio - eight members of the Rhoden family were viciously murdered execution style in their homes. Shocked by the arrests, this once close-knit and religious community remains divided and unable to cope.
Was a respected and reputable Piketon family responsible for this unimaginable murder spree? Yes, that's right. But what are we to expect with this?
Not metal, that's for damn sure. If you go into this expecting Images and Words the sequel, you're going to be sorely disappointed. So throw away any preconceptions you may have had about this, and embrace it for what it is: really amazing music! Moore's duties on this effort are multiple; he sings, plays keyboards and bass.
Drums and guitars are handled by others, but this is essentially a solo project in many ways, and of course, it is much more scaled-down as a result when compared to his other projects.
But that's okay; it makes Chroma Key very special and unique. Don't expect hard-rocking Prog epics, here; that's not what it's about. But this is very beautiful, placid, ambient music that is full of heart and worth trying out. I just love how the guy is able to mix all of these soaring soundscapes together in such a successful way. Perhaps it was best that he left Dream Theater when he did; perhaps he could sense that he would be limited musically had he stayed with them. Obviously, he could have theoretically been able to do both his other projects and be in Dream Theater, but maybe he felt staying with those guys wouldn't allow him enough time to work as hard on this other, more experimental stuff.
But whatever the reason, I am very impressed with Mr. Moore, and Chroma Key is something that surprised the hell out of me. I had no Idea I would love this music so much, or so quickly. It's not what you would expect when you hear the name 'Kevin Moore', but please don't allow that to ruin your opinion of this work. It's really quite refreshing, and while much more focused on mood and atmosphere rather than complex song structures and the like, it doesn't make it any less innovative, progressive or enjoyable.
I know I have. This album in particular is just the right mixture of everything, that I think newcomers to this style of music will be very happy with it, and I don't think there is any reason you shouldn't try it out. A couple of weaker tracks here and there, but on the whole a very solid, gripping release. Very highly recommended.
Happy listening. Review by snobb Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator. Even Chris Botti I heard him in solo concert, and to be honest wasn't impressed too much. Very pop-oriented jazz sound, oldie-goldie songs collection. But there he plays music! I don't know, who's controlled his sound there, but you can be sure, that will hear attractive trumpet solos without your daddy's closet smell!
All in all, very rare Cd, but realy recommended. You might be guessing the music style would be similar with what the opening track 'Cerulean Sea' sounds like.
It sounds to me like an exploration of Levin stick bass playing and unique drumming style of Bruford. It's repetitive but it's not boring to me. The flavor of King Crimson 'Discipline' is quite obvious right here. It applies to majority of the tracks featured here. For those of you who love Crimson music in 'Discipline' onwards style must enjoy the music produced here. It's really an excellent album. One thing that I notice is that ''Cracking the Midnight Glass' sounds to me like Led Zeppelin's 'Kashmir' in terms of string section.
Overall, this is definitely an excellent album that fans of King Crimson must buy this album. The trumpet playing is also great. Keep on proggin'! Bruford, as usual plays his drums and synth pads with his usual precision, breezing through polyrhythms like no one else can. Levin as a bass player, I'm always fascinated by his approach adds to his impressive resume with his stellar performance here, especially on stick.
David Torn shreds pardon the pun as he always seems to. And if you only know trumpeter Chris Botti from his snoozer of a concert shown repeatedly on PBS, be prepared to be surprised. The guy can play out-of-the-mainstream, and excel at it as well. Great fusion, somewhere between the Bruford band for fusion, and Earthworks for jazz. Luckily for us, Bill Bruford and Tony Levin's project from delivers the goods and scrapes open like nails on a chalkboard with 'Cerulean Sea', immediately putting us in their world of elaborate arrhythmias and simple, focused lines on top.
Levin of course handles all basses and the trusty Stick, guitarist David Torn also did loops and an array of noises he gives names like 'brokenbird', 'noir loops', 'guitar sphere', 'hysterium', and 'light-industry dementia' , Chris Botti plays trumpet, and Bruford's percussives are as ridiculous and confident as ever.
This first cut is a model of the quartet's careful balance between improvisation and precise undertaking, and shows shades of Miles Davis' restrained power. Brash counterbeats irritate Levin's wobbling, Torn's nervous rockingchair blurtings laced throughout.
Some urban jazz kicks in for 'Original Sin' with crazed guitar-trumpet exchanges, and a candid discussion between Bruford and mates introduces 'Etude Revisited', a drone with horn and a bit of crunchy guitar. The distant sounds of the sea wash against 'A Palace of Pearls' built up with Bruford's electronic percussion, heavy electric jazz beats up on 'Fin de Siecle', and the deep tones of a 'Drum Bass' opens the Kashmir-like 'Cracking the Midnight Glass' and its deceptive timing.
The Stick shows its versitility in 'Cobalt Canyons' while the spirit of Robert Fripp visits, and features loud but controlled chaos, finishing things with the clunky 'President's Day'. The record has some problems with continuity and is far from perfect, but it reeks of a project well worth your time and should especially appeal to lovers of avant jazz-rock excursions. As well, the Papa Bear release comes in a colorful 3-way gatefold with a booklet.
Review by fuxi Prog Reviewer. I kid you not. If Fripp could claim that the King Crimson spirit was resurrected in the band he founded in and which was originally called Discipline , surely these guys could say the same!Oct 05, · Miles Davis – In A Silent Way Yes, it’s technically jazz. But In A Silent Way is perhaps the very birthplace of ambient music. There’s a holistic sense of tone and texture that wraps the entire production from end to end, creating a dreamlike atmosphere for the laid-back .