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Soundtrack music for those who want it
on 21 November 2002
There's some serious buzz hauled on the back of Blue States (Andy Dragazis) and his debut release, which finally sees domestic distribution from ESL Music, label of Thievery Corporation - who know a thing or two about sublime bar grooves.
Chill seekers received a hint of possibility from Dragazis when his oddly disturbing 60's jewel "Your Girl" surfaced on OM Lounge 2, appearing here in a more organic mix. That in fact mirrors the approach of the album, with textured string samples ("The Trainer Shuffle") live percussion ("Diamente") and solid doses of guitar ("Arion") fluidly melding into full orchestrations.
More so than the instrumentation, Blue States takes his melancholy very seriously, standing out from the wave of current chill-kitsch peddlers (Bent, Lemon Jelly, etc) by leaving the cheeky samples on the dilapidated vinyl they came from, instead evoking the memories of cloudy coastal drives. Factor in the spy shuffler "Golden Touch" and twamgy western "Elios Therepia" for a dash of punch along the way.
Now whether your tastes will accommodate mood and grand vistas over singles and variety (essentially an album vs soundtrack debate) ultimately determines the reaction to Nothing Changes Over the Sun. In a world of MP3's, DJ mixes, and mega-comps, quite possibly this broader approach to music plays alien to the ears. Listeners who find imagery frequently drifting through minds, however, have the score they've been looking for.