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One-paced - but with some nice stuff.,
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I bought this record based on the strength of the opening song, 'Oscar'. The song features some gorgeous harmonics and shuffling drums to begin with, but what makes the song is its construction. I found the gradual accumulation of Anna Clementi's sampled vocals and the shift in mood from ambience to a sensual trance excellent. At around 3.00 the song floats in the ambient key, before satisfyingly building up a head of steam again. A pretty flawless song.
However, unfortunately the rest of this album doesn't display the same kind of dexterity. For a start, nothing else reaches the same pace as the opener, although 'Gute Loune' and 'Wonderful' do well to create a summery festivity, with some good performances from Tweed and a typically just-got-out-of-bed Earl Zinger. This is top-down, driving through the town sort of music, as here the beats snap and lock with the vocals fitting the music perfectly. However, these represent bright points. Most of the other songs seem content to stick around for five minutes before fading out without having made an impression. What saves Tosca slightly is the fact that they can make up grooves in their sleep. 'Mango di Bango' for instance, is a head-nodding slice of slow funk that oozes 'cool' with its fretless bass and electric organ. But the absence of another 'Oscar' is really noticeable as the music sticks in the chilled-out n' relaxin' head space too long. As such, the album tends to drag on after 'Wonderful', lacking another song to experiment with a mood, as opposed to consolidating a groove.
That said, the album constitutes a fantastic chill out. And there are at least three good songs.
Onto CD2. It doesn't contain many surprises for anyone used to ambient/erik satie style music, but it is extremely competent and at times beautiful in what it does. These are mostly short pieces at around three minutes, but you barely recognise the transition between tracks. 'Schwimmer' is a stand out.
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Initial post: 27 Jan 2010 21:34:35 GMT
Hill Walker says:
don't understand CD2
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