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Quiet City

Pan American Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Revolver
  • ASIN: 5559552569
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 17 Feb 2006
Format:Audio CD
I love this record and all of Pan American's output, off-shoot of Labradford, whom I have also long admired. It is very laid back, minimalist stuff,with guitars jangling over electronic drones. Not for everyone maybe, but on repeated listenings,the subtle and understated melodies permeat the brain and you find yourself trying to hum them out loud.
Very embarrassing! Might appeal to lovers of Eno,Harold Budd, Biosphere and Boards of Canada and other ambient music.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Each track from the latest release from Pan American is a subtle, voyeauristic tuning in and out of layed waves of sound over tuneful melodious backdrops.
With a more electronic sound than many other groups within the loose 'genre' Pan America have created an accessible record which i recommend to hardened fans and new comers alike. Although some may find thew lack of musical 'events' a cause of bordom, repeated listening is advised as is a dark atmospere and maybe a wee smoke or two.
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  4 reviews
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars his best album, plus great dvd extra 12 Dec 2004
By Lee L. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Pan American is the solo project of Labradfor guitarist Mark Nelson. He's quite the prolific artist, with somewhere around ten albums to his name. This album is one of the best to be released by Kranky this year, and that's saying a lot. 2004 has probably been the best year the chicago label has ever had, even though one of their better artists, Low, left for Sub Pop.

Quiet City settles somewhere comfortably between Labradford's later albums and Stars of the Lid's later albums. The music much more sparse than most people are used to, but with repeated listens, Quiet City reveals a plethora of interesting sounds and textures.

Besides the album being a wonderful experience, a bonus dvd is included with videos for every song. These short films look like the kind of stuff that would be played at a godspeed you black emperor show, for those of you who've had the pleasure to see them. The films fit perfectly with the music, and overall the experience is very hypnotic.

If you're already a fan of Kranky music, and haven't gotton around to getting it yet, this album is a must-have. It will be on my year end list of favorite albums.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quiet City 14 July 2005
By C. Buchanan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Coming from the Virginian trio Labradford, Mark Nelson (guitarist of said band) ventures into his own territory with the solo project Pan-American. Labradfords music has been known to have gorgeously simple arrangements that can affect the listener in different ways and this album by Pan-American is the same in it's own way. Electric guitar melodies sail over the top of "Before" (the first track on the album) with some backwards guitar complementing the melody well as a whispered voice speaks underneath the mix, sounding nothing like what I have heard Labradford do as yet. The second song, "Wing" builds on top of a static loop with synths as a low bass begins playing a reptitive figure. It takes 3 minutes before percussion can be heard and as it continues the song develops a slight un-nerving feel but in the most relaxing way... one could almost say it is the closest to an audio drug you will ever hear in the way it builds and creates feelings (just try it with your headphones on). This song has shades of Labradford to it, think of a mix between "Fixed::Content" and "E Luxo So" and you get the song "Wing".

"Inside Elevation" and 'Skylight" both have an upright bass and drums played by other musicians. The prior also having trumpet and flugelhorn playing over the strangely reverberated cymbals with an acoustic guitar playing a distant melody. The latter sounds much more simplistic and lacks any atmospheric synth sounds as a dual of acoustic and electric guitar play the opening part, as the synth floats in to be joined by drums and upright bass and the now so familiar whispering voice.

I would have to say this album is something to be listened to intently and in a relaxed environment because it is nothing like Labradfords work yet would not sound too out of place in the Labradford discography either.

I have given it 4 stars but if the rating were available I would have given it 3.5 stars or somewhere between that and 4. Enjoyable album.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime 26 May 2007
By P. Bom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The simplicity of the beautiful things or the beauty of the simple things? You are just given the right to create your own landscape. No compromise whatsoever in terms of time and space. You choose.
5.0 out of 5 stars a beautiful perfect tapestry of musical textural sonic artistry, gorgeous arrangements 18 Jan 2014
By electriczen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
this takes one inward and sneaks up on anybody open to the full experience. a very nice mix of music and noise and pulsing and synthesis of them all. just the perfect degree of stylistic stretch I look for in one release. Hey Volk is like....close your eyes and imagine seeing the sunlight shimmering into deep blue waters
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