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Trance And Dance ~ Martha And The Muffins
Trance And Dance ~ Martha And The Muffins
Never understood why Virgin didn't release this on CD, but here we are again with Cherry Red coming to the rescue of long forgotten music with one of their re-issues. The marketing blurb was promising: "The album has been remastered by Peter J. Moore - a leading mastering specialist in Canada."
Result: brickwall city!
Please someone explain why music recorded in the early 80s should be mastered this way? The potential buyers are probably in their 50s and grew up when records had dynamic range. But no, now this music must be mastered for phone earbuds.
Chron + Cosmic Creation ~ Arve Henriksen
Chron + Cosmic Creation ~ Arve Henriksen
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Just to put things in context I discovered Arve Henriksen a few years ago through his collaborations with David Sylvian. I bought Cartography and I was left a bit disappointed but last year, pushed by strong reviews, I gave Arve a second chance and found that Places Of Worship was a masterpiece.
Here we go back to something that is probably too much outside my "comfort zone". I knew "Chron" would not be my cup of tea; I was hopeful for "Cosmic Creation" but I find it too space-y/, too tangerine dream-y for my taste. The choice of instruments is also somewhat peculiar with analogue synths (if that's what he is using) sounding like Farfisa keyboards in some… Read more
Switch ~ Nils Petter Molvaer
Switch ~ Nils Petter Molvaer
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Big pounding percussions are back with a vengeance!

You can argue that this is a bit of a u-turn in Nils Petter Molvaer's career as he delivers an album that closely resembles his ECM production (particularly Khmer) but I do not have a problem with this choice as Khmer is in fact my favourite NPM album and this new one is great too.
The Kit, Strange Pillows and other tracks are strongly percussion-driven but there is room for some softer tracks too.
The slide guitar that he mentioned in interviews as being a new discovery had me a little worried because it did sound like a strange addition to his sound palette but it doesn't really alter the overall musical… Read more