02. Eko Logic
05. Disloca Bemba
07. Sony Red
Acoustic and electronic sounds merge on»Aquarium Eyes«. Paying great attention to detail, Ritornell recorded at various locations (the studio of Patrick Pulsinger being one of them). The results are gently woven into their very own world of sound. Defamiliarized by subtle electronic manipulation, instruments such as piano, double bass, vibraphone, kalimba, and accordion develop a surprising life of their own, only to be consequently swallowed up by the hissing and buzzing of electronic devices.Gleaming multi-layered electro-acoustic drones, isolated organic sounds, and sophisticated textures complete the intricate arrangements.
Musicians: Eric Malmberg (organ, synthesizer), Fredrik Björling (drums)
Tracks: 1. In i rymden, 2. Ingen vals om inget alls, 3. Landet bortom landet Bortom, 4. Bortom landet bortom landet Bortom, 5. 16-bitarspolskan, 6. Livet nere på jorden, 7. Mire Mare, 8. Ingen fanns finns ingenstans, 9. Botvid Grenlunds visa, 10. Fugan som förlorade sin orgelstämma
Oldfield has found, in the Finnish three-octave wonder, someone whose voice fits seamlessly into every flowing eddy, every rivulet of sound, as he creates yet another spacious, one-man soundscape. After years, and years, of trying to reconfigure, reimagine and otherwise update his masterstroke debut, Tubular Beats offers, at long last, a reason to reinvest.
East meets west in this album, which features great string instruments including wonderfully played cello and sitar to create great music.Harry Manx on Mohan Veena (20 string Indian slide guitar), lap steel&acoustic guitars, banjo; and Hans Christian on cello, Indian sarangi, Indian sitara, swedish nyckelharpa, fretless bass, piano, keyboards, percussion and programming.
The soundtrack to Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s film Babel — which takes place on two continents and in three countries — is a whopping double disc of cues with original score cuts by the venerable — and prolific — Gustavo Santaolalla, with other material including beautiful folk songs by Chavela Vargas, ambient cuts by David Sylvian and Ryuichi Sakamoto, original compositions by the great oud master Hamza el Din, urban/soul/funk by Earth, Wind & Fire, house music by Fatboy Slim, Japanese pop by Susumu Yokata, and Mexican popular music by Los Tucanes de Tijuana, El Chapo, Nortec Collective, and others — a truly international mixed bag. This said, other than the tune by Hamza, it was left to Santaolalla to capture many of the other Moroccan moods and themes in his cues — he did a tremendous job. But this is also where the problem lies. These two discs are such a sprawling mass with moods and textures that compete and clash, without the storyline to tie them together, that they don’t always work as a stand-alone soundtrack. Some will have no trouble with great leaps in style over two discs, and for the engaged listener, Babel’s soundtrack is a true delight. A case must be made, however, for a separate recording of Santaolalla’s haunting and deeply moving score, accomplished with a minimum of instrumentation, immediate and intimate production, and plenty of space. This takes nothing away from the rest of the music here; it’s just that the original score comprises 19 different cues in a total of 36 and deserves to be heard as a complete piece. If there’s any doubt, try recording his own cuts to your iPod and hearing the result for yourself. For those who have seen the film, it is true that this set does not carry or reflect the gut-tightening tension inherent within it — and yes, that’s a very good thing. It does serve as a pleasurable listen over one disc at a time. Cautiously recommended.
mp3 VBR~215 kbps | 211 MB | UL
There’s a whole mythos built up around The Residents, and their theory of obscurity is a central component of it. Their wryly-titled album Not Available dates from the early-ish part of their work, and saw official release on Ralph Records in 1978 (it was recorded some years earlier). A disc that defines difficult, it remains enjoyable on a number of levels. Lyrically as dark as they’d ever get – though later-period discs such as Tweedles and Freak Show would push things even further toward the lyrically transgressive – Not Available includes long segments of instrumental music. Sort of a malevolent rethinking of Brian Eno’s Another Green World, Not Available depicts a world that’s unremittingly grotesque. But like an aural equivalent of a traffic accident, you can’t turn away.Acoustic piano, synthesizer strings and some dissonant flute-like instruments kick off “Ship’s A’going Down,” the strangest and least-accessible track on Not Available. The Enigmatic Foe character appears, and the Residents equivalent of a Greek chorus adds commentary. By the middle of the track, several tunes — all dissonant — seem to be playing at once. And while The Residents rarely sound even a little bit like anyone else, in places this tracks is reminiscent of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells. The synthesizer work toward the track’s end is interesting, almost subtle.
mp3 VBR~187 kbps | 70 MB | UL
Apollo delivers 52 minutes of transcendently lovely music, mysterious soundscapes, eerie electronics and the sweet lilt of pedal steel guitar, a combination that feels almost as if it were the very sound of the cosmos itself.
mp3 320 kbps | 125 MB | DF
1. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence / Tobeta Bajune
2. War and Peace / yuanyuan
3. Riot in Lagos / Atom (Atom Heart)
4. Perticepation Mistique / Hanno Yoshihiro
5. bibō no aozora / Ngatari
6. Self Portrait / Fugenn & The White Elephants and Shintaro Aoki
7. Ballet Mecanique / MimiCof
8. 1919 / Sabi
9. saru to yuki to gomi no kodomo / antennasia
10. Thatness and Thereness / DJ Yogurt
11. Tibetan Dance / no.9
12. The Last Emperor / Sabi
13. The Other Side Of Love (feat. Cokiyu) / Tobeta Bajune
14. dennōgiwa (feat. Ōnuki Taeko) / Tobeta Bajune
Maestro Terry Riley returns to the transcendent brilliance of his mprovisatory All Night Flights from the 1970s in this spectacular two-hour solo performance for just intonation keyboard. Originally created for the Aleph-Bet Sound Project that John Zorn organized for the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, the music has been sitting in Terry’s archives for years and now finally sees the light of day in all its glorious entirety. Recorded at Terry’s private studio at Moonshine Ranch at Midnight, the music captures a magically mystical vibe, timeless, meditative and entrancing. A modern classic from the godfather of minimalism who continues to surprise and challenge us with each new release.
mp3 320 kbps | 255 MB | US
”Pairing prickly electronics with live drum patterns Eno dumps great globs of blotchy machine-malfunction into the mix. Holland’s poetry is interlaced courtesy of [a] monotone voice…the combined effect makes the whole undertaking sound like a wild William Gibson fantasy come to life” –Pitchfork