- Audio CD (8 Dec. 2008)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Just Music
- ASIN: B0002NVL76
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,864 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Divided in three distinct movements, 'Contact Note' slowly evolves into a deep, compelling musical experience concluding with the stunning third part where Jon masters to perfection his skills as a classically trained musician, to give his most abstract work delicate impressionist touches. Classical piano contrasts with drifting atmospheres and twisted rhythms on the dark, edgy and gripping 'Black And Red' - to culminate with the waving synths and sumptuous vocals of the blissful 'Luna Moth', the perfect end of a glorious sonic adventure.
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The music could perhaps best be described as "Deep Ambient/chilled Drum & Bass, with Classical piano and New Age influences, (and some very interesting sound effects), mixed into astonishingly complex, dream-like, layered soundscapes".
I would like to review the tracks individually, but since my academic background is not in music, I'm sure that these wouldn't really do the music justice. However, while all tracks are exceptional, ones that deserve special mention are "Nightjar" and "Black and red".
"Nightjar" is one of my favourite tracks. After an almost cinematic opening, it gradually builds up to a spine-chillingly beautiful piano melody that betrays Jon Hopkins' classical training (Any readers who have heard some of the works of contemporary Italian composer Ludovico Einoudi will have some idea of what I mean), all combined with soft beats and swirling sythesisers.
"Black and Red" is like nothing I have ever heard before, and could be called "experimental". Although it may not be to everyone's liking, it is another of my favourites. It starts with scratching sound effects, which decay over a deep bass rumble, building up to a minimalist, almost sinister, piano tune, with rumbling bass and distorted vocals. This merges into what can best be described as a "1950s flying saucer" sound effect, which suddenly cuts out into twinkling synthesisers followed by swirling atmospheres , gradually fading to an ethereal ambient piece.Read more ›
After listening to his critically acclaimed and musically rich debut 'Opalescent', the wait began for the follow up. Though 'Opalescent' is definately worth checking out for the freshness of its sound and both impressive and evoking melodies - 'Contact Note' demonstrates a maturity and development in it's complexity which was, perhaps, the only ingredient missing in the talented Hopkins' impressive debut.
In 'Contact Note', the 'comfort' factor of 'Opalescent' is less evident and is replaced by a more challenging, yet ultimately far more rewarding record in which the progression in Hopkins' own ability is obvious. His inspired use of voices on 'Second Sense' is one such example and the quality of the production on the whole record is nothing less than remarkable. That much of the music is already being used for adverts and tv is unsuprising as each song holds its own unique sound, resonance and feel.
Bottom line: a truly brilliant record that deserves to rocket Hopkins to great success and acclaim - beautifully melodic, haunting and atmospheric - 'Contact Note' is a sublime achievement and brings with it that insatiable appetite for more. And this, with only two records to his name, is my only complaint!!!
So, when "Contact Note" was announced, I preordered it without hesitation, and once it arrived it went straight into the CD player. I settled back to listen with some anticipation.
Several tracks in, I realised with dismay that the only real emotion I was feeling was boredom. The complex interweaving melodies of the first CD are largely gone from "Contact Note", leaving a much more textural affair - it's superbly produced, and the sounds are lush and evolving, but with little (if any) actual music binding things together there's not much to actually listen to.
Overall, it's pleasant enough, and I'm sure some will prefer the more minimalist vibe here, but anyone captured by the strong melodies of the first album may well be disappointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have bought other albumsof his and again this is a brilliant one. It is haunting and clever and nothing like anyone else. Superb.Published on 22 Feb. 2014 by Panda
If you like music without lyrics it's worth trying this, perhaps sampling some tracks first, just to check. Read morePublished on 3 Feb. 2014 by TMC
I bought this CD to study production, but of course i've become as hooked as anyone could be. it's very diverse CD and the production is not like many other artists, which i was... Read morePublished on 11 July 2013 by Tim Hilberts
This is probably the best ambient electronica album I've ever heard! Well, maybe a couple of Brian Eno's are just as good, but it's awesome.Published on 14 April 2013 by Entropy
Jon Hopkins offers a kind of shimmering fragility to his music, which alternates between a range of qualities, such as the serene pleasures of euphoric vocals, a jittery... Read morePublished on 7 Sept. 2011 by Wayne Smallman
After the jaw dropping brilliance of Insides I was sceptical about this. I need not have worried this is on par with Insides it's just another brilliant masterpiece. Read morePublished on 28 Jun. 2010 by Michael Mingins