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Andain's story is one of divine electronica, spine-tingling lyrics and considerable patience. Clubbers worldwide began to know their music as the euphoric backdrop to the best nights out after heavyweight DJ's, world-wide, snapped up the remix of their very first track to play out and license for multiple compilations. But Andain, the band, isn't a traditional dance ... Read more in Amazon's Andain Store

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  • Audio CD (1 Oct. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Black Hole Recording
  • ASIN: B0093UAM06
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,314 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Turn Up The Sound
2. Like
3. Much Too Much
4. Ave Maria
5. Promises
6. After
7. What s It Like
8. Forget Your Face
9. Find Your Way
10. You Once Told Me
11. Taken Away

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For such a concise discography, the history of one of EDM s greatest cult duos has been writ plenty large. Summer Calling . Beautiful Things . Two tracks, two successive years, two conclusive anthems and ones that masterminded the rocking of countless club floors. That was followed by a recorded-but-never-released long-player, band hiatus, a parting of ways and finally, in 2011, the reunion. All of which has led to this point: the release of Andain s first official album... When the demands of their individual careers proved too great, it seemed to spell a premature finale for one of dance music s most gifted acts. But through You Once Told Me fate has intervened. Songstress Mavie Marcos and production wunderkind Josh Gabriel (Gabriel & Dresden) are finally set to deliver their first full-length track collection. Opening the album s account is their most recent single. Resonating with deep, spacious bass, Turn Up The Sound s refined Indian-inspired percussive instrumentation backs Mavie s loud-and-clear call to action. Setting a more chilled, Café del Mar-ish tone, Like has an aching, lyrical fragility that s picked out, to beautiful effect, by Gabriel s slo-mo beats and enrapturing string sections. If Like is the album s Café del Mar moment, then Forget Your Face is its Café de Noir. Josh marries a filtered, panned omnipresent ticking clock with sharply programmed, snapping break-beats to create a darker, swirling miasma-ish atmosphere. Sutured by Mavie s intoxicating, indie-edged vocal haunt, it gives another diverse hue to the album. Explaining Andain s unique production dynamic, Mavie says: we blended natural acoustic sounds throughout the album with electronic percussive ones. We made sure to keep our musical sound pallet made up of our drum kits and analogue synth sounds, consistent throughout. We thought this would result in the most intricate album for the listener - something that is meant to be listened to, in its entirety, as a cohesive piece of music - not just a string of singles. The combination of Mavie s classical and rock background with Josh s never ending love of early 80 s new wave means they balance each other beautifully. I'm usually the one pulling for the strings, bells, twinkles and melodic sounds, while Josh is great at creating the darker melancholic textures, the synths and distorted sounds to bite you and feel gritty. Beautiful music needs both of these , she states. Emphasising that to a tee is the vibrant, cultured drum n bass beats of Much Too Much , which briefly provides the album with a film score-ish edge, whilst on Ave Maria , Mavie s meditative, almost story-tell lyrics cast the net further still. With its imaginative chiming musical box sub-melodies and sporadic punchy beats, Promises - the single that heralded their re-emergence - is just as compelling 12 months on. After meanwhile brings more poignantly themed lyrics, while What It s Like introduces low-fi rocky guitar notes and shakes in some idiophonic percussion lines. Find Your Way invokes more seaside atmosphere and sunset imagery, while the album s title track summons anthemic sing/shout-it-out lyrics, leant additional dynamism by the exacting programming of Josh s beats and percs. Closing out the album out, Taken Away gives You Once Told Me a lamenting, searing complexion; a quiet, compelling final storm that provides its perfect deal-sealing dénouement. Crafted for a different type of floor, its 11 tracks are filled with translucent melodies, unhurried beats, leading edge FX wizardry, all matched to Marcos intriguing, elliptical song writing. Long-promised, now delivered You Once Told Me is the Andain album fans old and new have been waiting for.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Oct. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Electro-duo Mavie Marcos and Josh Gabriel hail from The City Of Angels
and angels may well have had more than a little to do with the sound of
their debut album 'You Once Told Me'. Andain's compositions, although reliant
upon the labours of many machines for their existence, have a musical
sensibility which transcends the technology by virtue of its clear regard
for both structure and melody. There are some stunningly beautiful tunes here.

Ms Marcos has a truly lovely voice; pure of tone and a tad otherworldly
without ever sounding anything less than unaffected and sincere. Nothing
is forced; it is an instrument I'd want by my side at the end of the world.

From the beautifully-paced anthemic opening track 'Turn Up The Sound' and the
subtle open-textured rhythms of 'After' (almost channeling Dead Can Dance); the
soft-shoe-shuffling late-night delights of 'What's It Like' and the jangling
percussive patterns and gently soothing vocal of 'Find Your Way', we are never
left in any doubt that our hosts have the best interests of our inner-ear at heart.
The final sublime track 'Taken Away' is alone worth the price of purchase.

I could have listened to a whole lot more. Roll on the next installment.

Highly Recommended.
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It had been a while since I did a search for this artist, having loved 'Beautiful Things'. I was pleased to see an album, and was not disappointed!

It has an atmospheric mixture of upbeat and mellow tracks, and maintains a high quality throughout. My personal favourite is 'Ave Maria'.
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If you liked the single "promises" you will not be disappointed by this gem of a debut album from the singer who gave us "beautiful things" a massive success on Youtube. All the tracks are excellent- my favourites being Ave Maria and Taken away.
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