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Remembranza [CD]

Murcof Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 Oct 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: The Leaf Label
  • ASIN: B000B3MISS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,479 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. recuerdos 8:01£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. razon (en 3 partes) 7:17£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. retrato 2:26£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. rostro 8:21£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. ruido 2:12£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. reflejo 9:07£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. resignacion 1:31£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. rios 8:30£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. camino 7:30£0.69  Buy MP3 

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darker, deeper and better 22 Sep 2005
Format:Audio CD
Murcof exploded into western musical awareness with Martes, remixed that into the magic of Utopia and now comes at us with a more soulful and more complex vision with Remembranza. From the outset, any fan of the Mexican genius will recognise his trademark classical influences (Henryk Gorecki and Arvo Part are but two) but the he has taken his music a step on from both his previous two albums. Greater diversity and a touch more determination to push his own boundaries combine in an altogether darker, richer work. This may seem unlikely given the powerfully haunting string sounds that marked out both Martes and Utopia, but the secret to Remembranza is the depth of the music. Focus on the quirky but almost unnerving tweaks of noise and suddenly you find yourself diverted by a powerful undercurrent of moody strings. And just when you're being seduced by a soul-searching stanza, he whips you along with a subtle change of pace. Overall this is a man on the move musically, just as he is with his own move from Mexico to Spain. It is unmistakably Murcof but it is just as clearly a new, deeper and even more fascinating Murcof than before. Buy it, love it, but don't play it to get the party going.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Other worlds in your head 14 Jun 2007
Format:Audio CD
Had the privelige of seeing Murcof recently, to say the Cd doesn't do justice to the immense power of his live sound would be an understatement, but this still delivers like nothing else you've ever heard. Emotive closed miked cello/ strings samples are used in delicate organic ways, interweaved with minimal electronic pulses, glitches and occaisional beats, but don't expect to do any dancing, except in your head.

This is the soundtrack to an alien western.

buy, and open your mind to Murcof, the film you will see in your mind will blow it away.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite 20 Dec 2005
By mike.s
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
First heard this on Late Junction and having bought it, I am compelled to submit my first review, such is the magnificence of this CD.
Its a completely mesmerising piece of music, sublime and incredibly beautiful. I have now ordered his earlier album ( Martes ) on the strength of Remembranza.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential 15 Oct 2005
Format:Audio CD
The first Murcof album ranked as one of the finest experimental album I have ever had. This has the Murcof sound but is a lot more layed back and traditional, it's a better album but for deferent reasons. Its has not got the same instant WOW-factor as Martez keeping to more traditional beats and more traditional classical music. I find it much easier to relax too, where Martez wore me out because it was too fast and too good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cinematic minimal electronic to wash over your inner ear 22 Nov 2005
By somethingexcellent - Published on
It's hard to believe that Remembranza is actually only the second true full-length from Murcof. A part of the celebrated Nortec Collective, Fernando Corona dropped his debut album Martes almost three years ago and in the meantime released a funk and brass-infused minimal electronic release under the name Terrestre, as well as last years excellent Utopia, which combined a couple new tracks with outstanding remixes of his work by everyone from Deathprod to Colleen and Jan Jelinek.

Those hoping for something different out of Murcof may be a little bit disappointed in Remembranza, but just about everyone else should find something to love. It's very clear that between his first and second actual releases (if you count the obvious progression shown on the aforementioned Utopia) that Corona has refined his style in serious ways and the result is a beautiful nine track album that's cohesive and nearly airtight.

There have been numerous electronic musicians that have tried to encorporate classical music into their sound, but it often comes across as pieced together, but with his newest effort Murcof has really blended the two in as fluid of a way as I've ever heard. "Recuerdos" opens slowly with open air piano notes and sparse strings while microprogramming slowly creeps into the mix. As the instrumental pieces of the track start to fill out and flourish even more, the beat locks in and pushes the track through to completion. "Razón (En 3 Partes)" finds minor key piano mingling with more glitchy programming before the track breaks off into a droning, haunting midsection before swirling into a skittery, string-drenched finale.

It's a word that gets mentioned in just about every review of Murcof's work, but "cinematic" is a term that definitely comes to mind when listening to Remembranza. It's a dark and melancholy place too, most of the time, with classical flourishes that sound like they were inspired by composers like Henryk Gorecki and Arvo Pärt. Even when Corona adds a slightly playful element (like the quiet found sound of someone laughing on "Rostro"), it sounds more creepy or haunting because of the surrounding instrumentation.

Although it sounds kind of like a weird comment, this newest release from Murcof is just about what I expected in my mind without having heard it based on how his music has progressed to date. That he mostly met my admittingly high expectations is a pretty darn good sign. The hearty 4/4 kick and subtle orchestral sweeps of "Reflejo" add up to one of his best tracks to date, and most of the other pieces on the album aren't far behind it. Someone let this guy score an entire film already. I have a feeling it would destroy.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Finest in Musical Sophistication. 10 Nov 2006
By Douglas Williams - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Murcof has certainly done it again. His previous release, Martes, was already amazing enough! And now with Remembranza, he has outdone himself again. Organically and hauntingly beautiful. There is no one else out there that constructs music like this man. Seriously. Murcof is truly on a whole other mental plane of music construction. Just the first song alone on this disc completely envelopes you, and brings you into his world <small>(Turn up the volume before you push play, it's gonna hit you real nice.)</small> The way he chooses each note to sound and not to sound, the way the beats start off free-form and then miraculously culminate into the most inspiring, complex, yet so simple rhythms you ever heard. The way he utilizes orchestral arrangements, mostly string sections and piano, and gently makes them weave and undulate in the most heavenly way! This guy has completely turned my musical world upside down after getting wise to what he's all about. Murcof is the absolute sound of articulate sophistication and intelligence in music. Thank you Murcof. Seriously, thank you.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic minimal electronica 4 Mar 2009
By drunkpotatoes - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Ambient bliss for the headphones; relaxing minimal pops and glitches smoothly interwoven with soft, restrained electronic finesse. I keep coming back to this album as one of the 10 best in my collection... for fans of Pole, Gregor Samsa, Four Tet, Labradford, Pan America and Loscil.
5.0 out of 5 stars another must have Murcof 22 Feb 2012
By DavidVincentOne - Published on
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This my second best choice as for Murcof. This is the composer Ridley Scott might have used for his Blade Runner soundtrack if Vangelis wasn't available!
5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly Lovely 22 Mar 2010
By James W. Friedman - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Nightdreams speaking ominously to two-forty-seven a.m., when this place in which you've found yourself is not quite right, there is no other than this immersion, there is no back to go to, the foreboding process of unassailable presence, catacombs of futility, Sisyphus quietly in Hades.
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