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Strumming Music

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  • Audio CD (2 Jun. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New Tone
  • ASIN: B0026UZFHA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,389,295 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Demot on 10 April 2010
Amazon seem to file this under 'popular music' which may be a bit of a mistake. Interesting and rewarding, certainly. Important, maybe. But it ain't rock & roll, that's for sure.
I guess the best tag for this would be Minimal Piano music (don't let the title fool you into thinking guitars) It is in the same ballpark as Steve Reich (who is thanked in the sleeve notes), all though you wouldn't mistake the one for the other. It really is minimal in building a trance-like field of sound from a few keys on the piano, with slowly unfolding variation that subtly alters the colour of the sound. I seem to remember a review in The Wire saying that Palestine plays with the timbre of the instrument as much as with the notes, and that seems to be true.

As with any 'minimal' music, you have to be in the right frame of mind. Don't play it when you want a tune to dance to, I think you need to dedicate some time to let yourself go with it. It is recorded as a single track of 52 minutes, and the sound gets fuller and less repetitive (to my ear) as it goes on, building a warm and deeply relaxed impression, with just a hint of other instruments working into the weave (or is it my imagination, as the sleeve notes suggest). Give it time, and it is not really difficult. Nothing like as hard on the ear as the early works of Steve Reich recorded in the same period (around 1975), and yet it retains that very abstract world which perhaps Reich, Glass etc have moved away from now.
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