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The Bank Re-opens for Business,
This review is from: Apollo (MP3 Download)
I have to admit that I was somewhat underwhelmed by the 2011 release of 'Songs from the silk road' but news of the first new release from Mr.Marks in 7 years was still something to look forward to.
1. 'Lamentations' Opens slowly with Delerium/ Dead can dance style vocals by Zhenia Mahdi-Nau laid over a drifting ambient background.
2. Wimbletoot' A digeridoo wobbles away over tribal drums & slowly changing percussion and once the beat kicks in I am captivated for 8 minutes.
3. 'Eternal sunshine' takes us back to the heady days of Eye-Q with a simple insistant beat, quirky sound effects and a flanged trancey theme.
4. 'For such a time' Has slightly off-key ethnic vocals against an ambient background.
5. Appolon' Hefty left & right effects, some guitar & then off we go with an impossible to resist bhangra vibe that is offset against low key synth background.
6. 'Hu!' A North African style vocal is repeated endlessly over cheesy effects and rapid percussion. Then the woodwinds kick in and the whole 'souk' effect is complete and the sense of urgency pulls you in.
7. 'All sleeping' Nearly 10 minutes of ambient sounds to drift off to.
8. 'Oreia' We return to the Arabic sounds of track 6 with repetitive strings & heavy stereo effects set against vocals that burst in before sweeping to way out behind the mix.
9. 'Acquiescence' Zhenia is back and we are sent on our way with a return to the sounds we came in to the album with.
One or two tracks may not be played as often as the rest but that's just personal taste. 'Apollo' though see's Banco de Gaia return in very strong fashion.
This leans very heavily towards ambient but fear not as the strong ethnic influences that have always played such an important part in previous releases is are still very much on display here.
It's just that rather than, as so often previously, allowing tracks to become difficult to follow or enjoy these all have a strong musical theme and show a maturity that see's a rather more mellow whole.
Not going to please everyone I suppose but I love this album and it's hard not to be impressed by a 9 track collection that manages to contain a wide variety of influences, keep all bar the intro & outro sounding different and yet still hold onto an ambient theme throughout.
It's been a long wait but more than worth it. Easily recommended.
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Initial post: 12 May 2013, 20:51:41 BST
Bobby Shafto says:
To me Toby Marks is a genius. I've seen him twice "live" at Hebden Bridge Trades Club and would massively recommend this wonderful experience to anyone (hopefully after I've got a ticket for myself. The new work was well worth the wait.Fantastic!!!!!
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