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Narrative From The Subtropics
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on 27 March 2015
As the previous reviewer says, this is one hell of an album. If you're not aware of this niche of rich and highly individual compositional style of music - possibly a spin off of Brian Eno and Jon Hassell's experiment - then this is a good a place to start as any. The music although described as experimental, is really quite easy to listen to, if, and that's an important part, you're interested to discover new sounds and ways of conceiving what music is. Jan Bang (and others such as Erik Honoré: "Heliographs", or David Sylvian's more recent catalogue) have been gradually carving out a new musical path using samples and various studio techniques to produce soundscapes which lie somewhere between electro-acoustic and minimalist ambient music. But, don't be fooled into thinking this is a bland type of 'musak', far from it. There's plenty of energy, dark sounds, grooves, even vocal pieces which all create a very fine album.

If you're curious you can easily scour the net to find Jan Bang's 'Soundcloud' page where you can listen to samples and also discover some of the other projects he's involved in - which include many of the other artists working in this area.
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on 25 February 2014
This has to be one of the most incredible albums I have ever heard. Dark, profound, and beautiful in equal measures. I don't know what is happening in Norway at the moment but the concentration of musical talent there is almost beyond belief. Fans of Norway's electronic nu-jazz scene (Arve Henriksen, Eivind Aarset, Nils Petter Molvær, all of whom appear on this album) should definitely buy this. It reminds me most of Arve Henriksen's "Cartography", another one of my all time favourites.
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