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Folk Songs for Trains Trees and Honey

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  • Audio CD (20 Mar. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hefty
  • ASIN: B00004S5VY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 662,057 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Beginning
  2. Transportation Theme
  3. Binoculars
  4. Conditioning
  5. Aftergrude
  6. F Ride+Blues
  7. Journey's Homes
  8. Paulo
  9. Slabulas

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By A Customer on 29 Dec. 2000
Format: Audio CD
'Futuristic chillout music' is one reviewer's description of this excellent record and it's pretty much on the mark to my mind.
"Folk Songs for Trains Trees and Honey" owes much to Tortoise but while at times that band's art-rock seems to be inward and insular, Savath & Savalas's vision is cinematic and panoramic.
This is electronic music made with an organic approach. New York-based Scott Herren (Delarosa + Asora, Prefuse 73) blends and tweaks live samples that range from hip-hop beats to avant-garde polyrhythms, all blended seamlessly into a sleepy haze.
One downside is the duration. This CD comes in at around thirty minutes, fine for vinyl junkies but if you're more familiar with 74 minutes of CD heaven then you may feel short changed. Otherwise excellent.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x957a9138) out of 5 stars a groundbreaking and beautiful release 29 Oct. 2000
By sYNCTANK - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Atlanta, Georgia's Scott Herren has many musical personalities. The only one I was familiar with prior to picking up this lovely gem was the similarly named Schematic compilation project Delarosa+Asora. An obvious departure from the fore-mentioned project, Savath+Savalas main focus is on ambience. I'm not talking about ambient music, but more of a post-rock lounge kind of ambient. Yes, this album is electronic, but that is not its primary decor. Many traditional musical elements come into play here, underlined carefully by the numerous hidden talents of Herren's fantastic programming. This is a beautiful release, moody and subtle, with low bass lines and drifting percussion. Songs like 'Transportation Theme', 'F Ride+Blues' and 'Paulo' flow smoothly and consistently, racked with warm tones, traditional snare drums, and the occasional electronic glitch. Strange loops and sullen filters knit the main pieces together, giving the album a seamless flow of magnificence. Dreamy piano tones and washes of filtered synth timbre remind one of Pole's recent efforts at times. Drunken bass guitar riffs and fluid-like snares mix seamlessly with their electronic counterparts. Herren's song writing is superb; fusing beautifully flowing elements of jazz and electronica into masterful compositions of musical poetry. Best described as a '70's era lounge album mixed by a producer from the future, 'Folk Songs for Trains, Trees and Honey' is a groundbreaking release that is sure to please Warp label fans and post-rock purveyors alike.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x957c06a8) out of 5 stars You won't see it coming 5 Aug. 2000
By Matthew D. Mercer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
There is indeed something sneaky about the music of Savath+Savalas. I heard it by chance through a friend, and without even realizing it, was compelled to purchase it some weeks later (having only heard it once) when i couldn't even remember what the music sounded like. There is something so wonderfully passive about the music presented here; it gets under your skin when you don't even realize it.
Scott Herren demonstrates his great talents with the 9 tracks of this album, each one comfortably residing in a grey area between bedroom electronics and elegant post-rock influences (Tortoise and Isotope 217 comparisons come to mind at times). S+S has a soul to it that doesn't ever quite come across perhaps as much as it should on the better known post-rock groups, though, and that is commendable. Check out "Paulo" or "Transportation Theme" and you'll know what I mean.
Also, Warp Records has signed S+S for overseas distribution, so be prepared for this one to blow up.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95cc969c) out of 5 stars SCOTT HERREN IS A GENIOUS. PERIOD!!! 6 Nov. 2001
By M. Starr - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Scott Herren is my new idol. After buying his Prefuse 73 album entitled "Vocal Studies and Uprock Narrati" I was extremely excited to know that he had two other projects. Those being Savath + Savalas and Delarosa + Asora. This release is among the best of the three projects. Delarosa + Asora focuses on the glitch aspect of Herren's style. "Folk Songs For Trains, Trees, and Honey" is his interpretation of jazzy, atmospheric sounds with incredibly phaded beats. I think this album is just incredible. To me, it's what music is all about. The track called "Transportation Theme" is about as close to my "type" of song as you can get. It's very nice and smooth. On the track "Binoculars" is the first time you really get to "nod your head." But don't worry there's plenty of "nodding" to come on the rest of the album. The whole album is incredible. The only thing I wish for is that it were twice as long as it is. Albums this great should not be so short. If you like this release, try any of Scott's other side projects. You won't be let down by any of them.
I believe that Scott, as well as Kieren Hebden(Fridge/Four Tet), are the two new geniouses of my time. Listening to their music makes me about as happy as I can possibly get with music. Hopefully you'll feel the same way when you hear them.
Other groups you may like if you like this: Fridge, Four Tet, Euphone's first album, Bonobo, Telefon Tel Aviv, Manitoba, and Casino Versus Japan. All are great artists as well.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x956830c0) out of 5 stars The Sheer Scope Of It 5 April 2000
By Thad Barron - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Once in a great while, a record comes along that superimposes itself upon you, and becomes the soundtrack to that section of your life. These records usually creep up on you from behind, wash over you and beyond you, thouroughly soaking things to come. These are the sounds of urban beauty. This is the softness of the city. I would highly recommend this record to anyone!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9567b9a8) out of 5 stars Cinematic at best. One of Herren's most distinguished works. 20 Dec. 2003
By Pantytec is my god, it should be yours too (Tem) - Published on
Format: Audio CD
"Folk Songs" can best be described as an alternate soundtrack to a movie that hasn't been put out yet. This album flows beautifully, and allows the listener to soak it all in. It never leaves you wandering, and always keeps you interested. Savath + Savalas, really is the fusion of Scott Herren's more glitch approiated Delarosa & Asora project, with the math rock edge of Tortoise. "Transportation Theme" is a beautiful, rolling work, with washes of instrumentation, and electronic distractions all working together to form a whole ethereal artwork. "Binoculars" takes Herren's love for recycling a step further, taking bits and pieces from "OSSABAW" (Originally on the "Crush the Sightseers" 12" put out on Pearineel in 1998) and fusing it with horns, and a sort of latin-influenced rhythym . To put it shortly, this is my kind of music. Music where you can close your eyes and think about the most poignant and distinct memories of your life. Music that you can listen to while finding yourself in some weird area of the world. Music that defies explanation, and makes new ones.
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