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Ice and Fire,
This review is from: Snowflake Midnight (Audio CD)
Further adventures from a small bright planet.
Mr Donahue and cohorts create an extraordinarily lush and vivid
soundworld for us with their new release 'Snowflake Midnight'.
These nine sumptuous tracks are almost overwhelming in their
multilayered, scintillating, numinous complexity.
Structurally and melodically epic in scope, the densely constructed
thematic and rhythmic waves at times threaten to capsize the craft.
I am wholly willing to drown, however, in music of this imaginative
impetus, originality and quality.
Opening track 'Snowflake In A Hot World' drives along at a furious pace.
Piano, percussion and hard edged guitar supporting the disembodied high floating vocal.
'Butterfly's Wing' is a curiously lilting patchwork quilt of beatbox, crashing keyboard chords
and hauntingly disembodied childrens' voices. A magic garden of sound.
'Sense On Fire', with its slowly building rhythmic pulse and cataclysmic resolution
is a simple and single-minded idea followed through with uncompromising clarity of vision.
'People Are So Unpredictable' takes us into almost ambient territory with its'
delicate tapestry of shifting synth chords. All ice and fire.
The brief instrumental 'October Sunshine' is simply sublime.
'Runnaway Raindrop', 'Faraway From Cars' (with its' ecstatic handclapping) and the quirky
'A Squirrel and I ( Holding On....and Then Letting Go )' all engage our attention, imagination
The glorious 'Dream Of A young Girl As A Flower' is, however, the blooming heart of
this truly wonderful album. An epic composition in every sense. So many ideas jostling
for attention without ever losing focus or coherence for a moment.
Challenging. Uplifting. Thrilling. A Quite Magnificent Achievement.
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Initial post: 13 Nov 2008 14:46:29 GMT
Ms. A. Parsons says:
what a lovely review, a joy to read :) thank you so much for taking the time to post it.
Posted on 23 Nov 2008 14:01:01 GMT
The Wolf says:
Very sweet of you to say so.
Thankyou for your kind comment.
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