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Orkney: Symphony of the Magnetic North [CD]

The Magnetic North Audio CD
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“When someone comes to you in a dream and tells you to make an album about your homeland – the Orkney islands- would you disregard it? In January 2011, it’s the spark that led Orcadian singer-songwriter Erland Cooper to group together his Erland & The Carnival band mate Simon Tong and singer/orchestral arranger Hannah Peel (of last year’s solo The Broken Wave ... Read more in Amazon's The Magnetic North Store

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  • Audio CD (7 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Full Time Hobby
  • ASIN: B006ZJTNE4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,882 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The carnival is not over 24 July 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Having caught Erland & The Carnival 'by accident' at Brum's Glee Club felt had discovered a great new band - for me (though not my wife) the faux rock-folk ultimately disappointed in recorded form & the albums don't get revisited often.

But (for my wife!) thought give the Orkney Man's new incarnation a try and... love it! Different from the 'Carnivals', who felt too derivative (and not brilliantly so) where this Symphony is certainly Something Else - can't readily think of a comparison... Lilting, atmospheric, 'wind swept', Orkney distilled in vinyl (or whatever CD's are made from) perhaps :-)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerising 15 Jan 2013
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Taking their name from a book by J. Gunn-" Orkney; The Magnetic North", this disparate trio of musicians with wide and varied backgrounds, have come togethor to create a modern masterpiece.

The album is supposedly to be played whilst venturing north towards Orkney, thereby evoking a feel for the islands by the time you get there. It is certainly evocative. It could all so easily have turned out to be twee and overly cosy, but instead we get lush soundscapes, seemingly timeless songs with hints of what is oft called nu-folk, but is ultimately just sublimely crafted music.

Erland cooper hails from Orkney, and the inspiration for the music came to him, he says , in a dream about a girl who was an oucast for getting pregnant by a sailor....mmmm. But I guess it doesn't matter whther you believe that or not, it's the music that matters, all of which is awash with orchestral arrangements with lots of strings and woodwind. Generally low tempo and plaintive, there is the odd moment of grandeur, such as on Old Man of Hoy. But overall its a mellow affair,some may consider it a tad MOR, its not at all, its just rather lovely and at the same time majestic, with the occasional nod to ambience.

One song has the Strombank pub choir on it, which is virtually the entire adult population of Hoy! And it is this very sense of the album being imbued with all that is Orkney that comes across, from recorded sounds added to songs , down to the song titles, most of which are place names in Orkney. I get the feeling that as much as I love this music it would mean so much more if I knew the place.

It is also rather nicely packaged, sturdy outer cover with a nice booklet within.

Gonna have to go there now. Music as mesmerising as I have heard it quite some time.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Orkney, symphony of the magnetic north album. 14 Jan 2014
By K James
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Interesting range of music ranging from soft rock to folk. Very good vocals and some really clever lyrics. The album sets an interesting feel of living in an isolated scottish island. Grows on me the more I play it.
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