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  • Audio CD (30 May 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Resonant
  • ASIN: B0007M42WS
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 445,297 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  5. Zobione Pt.3 5:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Karola Bloch12:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Flares Pt.1 8:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Flares Pt.2 9:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Flares Pt.3 5:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Stimmung 6:07£0.79  Buy MP3 

Product Description

The Resonant label's quest to unearth new artists continues with this magnificent, sprawling, widescreen debut from Genoa-based guitar collective Port-Royal. The first incarnation of the band surfaced in July 2000, with the "Kraken" EP issued in CDR form by Italian label Marsiglia Records in early 2002 - and their art further fine-tuned via several live shows in their homeland. "Flares" is the result of more than two years of home recording, and displays scope and ambition that exudes confidence - almost arrogance - in their own vision and ability. The ten tracks herein total the maximum 78 minutes, with tracks 3/4/5 and 7/8/9 being two expansive compositions in three movements apiece - the latter being the album's centrepiece and title track. Although "Flares" has much in common with the likes of labelmate Stafraenn Hakon, for example, there's no way you could classify this as simply a post-rock album; Port-Royal utilise understated electronic beats and subtle spoken vocal samples as well as guitars, and have created a body of work with no obvious parallels or comparisons.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike on 15 Nov. 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Oh, Wow, what a wonderful discovery this album is. Port-Royal are really hard to categorise. At times you catch a nod to Sigur Ros, Mogwai, 65dos or early Aphex Twin (think Selected Ambient Works 85-92), yet sound nothing like any of them. The nearest direct comparison I can think of is Seefeel's "Quique" album, but again, they don't really sound like them either. Their influences are clear yet they never descend into mere copyism, instead meld them into a really unique sound. Calming yet quietly euphoric soundscapes. I really cannot reccommend this album highly enough.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 July 2005
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have to agree with the review above/below. this album is stunning from beginning to end. equal parts ambient soundscapes, post-rock and electronica. i first came across the band on a free cd given away with Wire magazine. that snippet was enough to make me buy the album and i haven't been disapointed. if you love calm, beautiful drifting music then this is the album for you. equal parts Sigur Ros, Boards Of Canada, Brian Eno & early Tarentel
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 1 July 2005
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in my opinion this is perhaps thee best (if least known) release of 2005. fans of mogwai, mum, boards of canada, biosphere, aarktica, early sigur ros and lesser known ambient acts from canada and the USA such as can be found on 'kranky records' will LOVE THIS ALBUM.
In fact I would go as far as say this album is in my top 10 of all time.
It really is hard to put into words the beauty of this recording. At times the sounds just wash over you. At first listen I fell asleep so peacefully until the heavy electronica kicked in on zoboine part 3, which made me jump out of my slumber.
track 1 - "Jeka" starts off with the most wonderful sounds almost like being under water with a mirriad sea creatures. in the distance you hear delayed guitar and a french conversation between a man and a woman, altho it may be Italian (the band are from Genoa). In fact the background voice samples remind me slightly of Jean Michel Jarre's Zoolook album.
elements of Mogwai (Young Team era), Iceland's Mum and early Sigur Ros come into play on "Spetsnaz/Paul Leni" as we treated to the first live drums on the album, followed by some waves of keyboard/guitar before some kick ass electronica takes over for a few seconds. STUNNING! BEAUTIFUL! UPLIFTING!
I really would like to write about every track but I have to get back to work. All I can say is BUY THIS! YOU WONT BE DISSAPOINTED!
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Haysom on 26 Mar. 2007
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As soon as this began playing, I knew I had been waiting to hear this my whole life!!!

Quite simply the most amazing music ever.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Headphone Commute Review 4 Mar. 2008
By Headphone Commute - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Flares is a 2005 release by a Genoa based Port-Royal on Resonant Records. I have already voted their follow-up, Afraid To Dance, to be one of the best albums of 2007. I bring back this earlier work in anticipation of an upcoming remix project, Flared Up, due out in the spring of '08, with contributions by Manual, Dialect, Skyphone, Stafrænn Hákon, and Ulrich Schnauss to name just a few. In Flares we are graced with beautiful blend of ambient meets electronic meets shoegaze meets post-rock sound, that defies strict categorization and exists only for your earthly pleasures. One needs to put down the caffeinated drink, turn off the blinking scrollies, and pause to appreciate the album's sheer vastness of hazed texture, lush chilled-out soundscapes, and pure tranquility. And here's the best part, folks (I'm quoting from the label's site) - "in preparation for the upcoming remix version, the royals have placed their debut album 'Flares' for free download from their website." So how can you pass this by? Recommended for followers of Hammock, M83, Sigur Rós, and all of the above mentioned artists. Favorite tracks: the three part Zobione.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Quite a pretty little cd. 10 Nov. 2007
By Rusty Shackleford - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Flares is a very intricate piece of work. While I will admit it takes some patience and time to understand the album, once one understands it they are rewarded greatly. The best way to describe Flares is Explosions in the Sky mixed with a less glitchy Boards of Canada with some Hammock thrown in for good measure. Stand out songs are Jeka, Flares pt. 2, and Karola Bloch. Karola Bloch has some of the most intense/emotional swells I have ever heard. It will send you into a new world. I highly recommend this cd to anyone who is into the ambient/post-rock genre.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
my soul 21 Sept. 2005
By Strobe Lights And Blown Speakers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Albums like this are the reason that I listen to music.

(A real, more extensive review to come at some point.)
1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Why oh why don't you change, post -rock? 10 Mar. 2007
By polymer moy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I purchased this album because a Wire Tapper compilation presented me with 'Flares' pt 3 or so, the ONLY stand out track on the whole album. I was expecting some complex sequencing, a little glitch core with drawn out guitars, with perhaps a somber or delicate mood. What I got was one original song surrounded by very poor reduxes of Explosions in the Sky, who also sound like poor reduxes of other bands, who sound like other bands etc. Sorry, but the melodies on this album are already outdated, as much as I appreciate the production value here [it does SOUND great], this album bored me with its seeming complexity once it was revealed to be startlingly simplistic.
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