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Martes [12" Vinyl]

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  • Vinyl (20 May 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: The Leaf Label
  • ASIN: B000065V4X
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,888,965 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Fernando Corona first got noticed with his debut Murcof EP, Monotónu, released earlier this year on San Francisco based label Context. Hailing from Tijuana, in Mexico, Corona has worked on a variety of projects in his native town, including some time spent on composing for dance formations. This lead him to broaden his musical horizon, notably developing an interest in contemporary classic composers such as Arvo Pärt or Henryk Gorecki. Corona has also be an integrant part of the Nortec Collective of electronic musicians and artists, releasing music as Terrestre. Martes is his first album as Murcof.
Martes mixes arid micro beats and electronic noises with beautiful atmospheric soundscapes to create a unique piece of highly emotional and textural music. Corona manipulates his delicate constructions with expertise, slowly introducing layer after layer of sounds to slowly build intense patterns where intricate melodies flourish freely. Despite Memoria being strangely reminiscent of Polygon Window's eponymous track, Corona establishes very little connections with the existing electronic scene, concentrating instead on developing his own rules. Strings, pianos and woods are fully integrated with the more electronic sounds, giving each track incredible consistency and evocative power. Again, when he introduces human voice, as on the stunning Mapa, Mir or the moving Muim, he works at creating symbiotic environments to the point where it becomes difficult to dissociate reality from synthesis. Muim, perhaps more than any other track on this album sums up the Murcof equation.
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'Martes' is one of the most original and successful musical experiments you're likely to hear. Any description of it - such as 'glitchy minimal techno meets classical' - is going to make it sound gimmicky and contrived, but it's actually very natural-sounding and genuinely emotional.
I could point to bits of it that sound like Aphex Twin, Cinematic Orchestra, any of Murcof's microhouse contemporaries such as Geeez 'n' Gosh or Andreas Tilliander, even Arvo Pärt or Jan Garbarek. But I won't, because any of that is likely to alienate someone, and all of it gives a false impression of the effect this record has.
You'll have to listen for yourself, but if you're looking for an electronic/acoustic hybrid with sumptuous but refreshingly different textures, subdued yet highly sophisticated drum programming, and an enveloping sense of space, you won't be disappointed with 'Martes'.
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As someone who is constantly exploring new electronic music, I am totally blown away by this.
For me, the equation that sums up fantastic music is beauty + accessability + originality + longevity. This release is hugely enjoyable on the first listen, and while for much music this appeal rapidly wears of, this is not true of Murcof.
If you want music of absolute beauty that combines tradition with the future, then you need look no further than this.
Stunning.
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This is brilliant! Glitchy yet so atmospheric, cold yet so warm, its the perfect example of opposites sounding beautiful.
The way he uses modern electronic beats, (some of the most outthere i have ever heard) with acoustic and orchestral sounds is simply wonderful, it works so well, i can't plug this album enough.
Buy now to experience something different and a million times better than most drivel we hear in music today.
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