Soil Festivities Import
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On first listening nothing seems to happen, but repeated listenings reward the listener with hidden depths and textures in the five hypnotic pieces.
Whilst it lacks the fragile beauty and melancholy of Blade Runner or Opera Sauvage which is why I only give it four stars but it's still an essential purchase for anyone who like the works of Eno, Phillip Glass et al.
This album was a strong influence on deep-space ambient musician 'Telomere'. If you like this I'd advise you to google him too.
which flow in a seamless, organic way. I've listened to this
album for twenty years, and I still find something new
every time I listen to it. A modern masterpiece.
Vangelis shows his soul and spontaneous approach to music
through Soil Festivities. It's my Desert Island Disc.
I guess Vangelis is best known for his Chariots of Fire and Blade Runner soundtracks - which is fair enough because the music got exposure in movies that were seen by a large public.
However there are four Vangelis discs which I rate higher than either of those two: Soil Festivities, City, Mask, and Albedo 0.39.
These four are quite different - but there are similarities between Soil Festivities and City. Mask is more operatic and BIG, while Albedo 0.39 is an earlier recording that's far more lively and seems to hold the essence of Vangelis.
Still, Soil Festivities is what we're on here. It is a contemplative album, without big highs and lows. It's tone is one of a constant surface, with lots of things going on underneath. Never dull, but also not shocking you to attention, the one word I'd use to describe it is "Beautiful".
Presented in five movements, the set opens with a mighty crack of thunder followed by pouring rain. This provides a backdrop to cascades of effects and textural wonderings amidst the humus of the soil. The second movement offers sustained washes of key-changing colours that support fragile figures of great beauty. Vangelis's skill with percussion is on show in the third, whilst the fourth lays out a ponderous beat as a basis for an immensely atmospheric piece, evoking some great journey through a dark and fiery landscape. The fifth movement provides an exultant, festive, and exuberant finale that signs off the whole set in shimmering light.
Worth all its five stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
received cd on time,played without problems,excellent service thanksPublished 8 months ago by andrew talliss
Great album if you're into vangelis, got it to replace an old vinyl albumPublished 16 months ago by Mr. James G. Currie
Quirky and highly original studio album from the Master regarding all things miniscule that live in the soil and water of our wonderful blue planet. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Scott Carrick
Awsome. I just wish I could invent a more meaningful description. Close your eyes and drift.Published on 6 July 2014 by Mr. J. H. Pearson