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4.0 out of 5 stars Chilling, 26 April 2006
John Mcgruther (Glasgow) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Ghost (Audio CD)
Describing Third Eye Foundation to someone who hasn't heard them is a tricky thing to attempt - they have a quite specific atmosphere created by mixing unusual electronic drums, high-pitched voices taken from Vietnamese and Egyptian recordings, and other stretched and droning sounds which are difficult to pick out from each other or determine the origin of - and when combined together in these gradually shifting webs of sound, they create an ambience whose subtleties are hard to describe in words. The result is something chilling, misty, moon-like; something gloomy and edgy.

Third Eye Foundation's beats, which draw on what I would call breakbeat or jungle style, are easily my favourite of any electronic music I've heard, and would appeal to anyone who likes the complexity of Aphex Twin but dislikes the kind of plasticky, drum-machine sound of most electronic beats - the beats here have a quite organic sound to them. The beats are extremely subtle and give the album a mood of seriousness, as opposed to the dancey or funky feel that many programmed drums have.

Ultimately, the album's title probably describes Third Eye Foundation's film-soundtrack sound best - it is quite ghostly music. It's an odd combination of old recordings and futuristic music, which conjure up the image of a melancholic alien lifeform sitting on a cold planet somewhere in space. Because of the beats and guitar drones it's an extremely cool-sounding album, but more music for an art gallery than for a disco; a lot of people would find this tough to get round their head. I like it, but it doesn't come across as instantly appealing. Perhaps in the year 3000, this will be the kind of music that people will be listening to.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eerie and unforgettable, 12 May 2004
This review is from: Ghost (Audio CD)
This is one of my favourite late-night albums, with an absorbing, melancholy and sometimes uncomfortable atmosphere. 'Ghost' has a rougher texture than Third Eye Foundation's later releases - the sound is grainy and organic, even where the arrangements are sparse, because every instrument is made from pitch-shifted samples with their own internal rhythms and harmonies. Matt Elliott layers squeaking hinges and wandering clarinet lines on top of rattling drums to create beautifully bleak and lonely soundscapes. If you ever go for walks in the middle of the night, take this album with you.
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