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2015-03-26
RIP John Renbourn – John Renbourn, the Scottish guitarist and founding member of the influential folk-rock-jazz band Pentangle, has died at the age of 70. His elaborate style of playing, as well as his willingness to experiment with sounds from around the world, were hugely influential in the folk music as well as being precursors to what was later called World Music. » Read more

2015-03-13
Seaprog 2015 First Band Announcements – The Seaprog festival in Seattle will present its third instalment in August, and the organizers have announced their first signings to perform. Italian artist Debora Petrina will appear, along with California prog darlings MoeTar. The festival will take place August 7-9, 2015. » Read more

2015-03-13
Daevid Allen RIP – After battling cancer, Gong founder and musical visionary Daevid Allen has left the planet Earth. He will live on in our memories and in the multitude of recordings he left behind as a solo artist, with Gong, and with a wide range of other artists. He was 77. » Read more

2015-02-17
RIP Sam Andrew – Sam Andrew, guitarist and founding member of Big Brother and The Holding Company, passed away on February 12th, at the age of 73. His death stemmed from complications related to a heart attack ten weeks earlier that left him in critical condition. » Read more

2015-01-27
Magma to tour North America in 2015 – Something that doesn't happen very often is in the works for the spring on 2015: Christian Vander and Magma will be touring North America, even including some West Coast shows. European performances are going on as of the time of writing. » Read more

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Green Isac — Passengers
(Spotted Peccary SPM-1303, 2014, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2014-06-02

Cover artAs I’ve dropped in on the work of this Norwegian duo through the years, trying to follow their trajectory through a delicate balance of electronica, ethnic percussion and folk, and their progressive approach to melodic mostly-instrumental sounds has been a bit of a challenging process, and not always to my liking. On Passengers, a compilation of three previously released EP downloads, it seems they got everything right and the result is their most satisfying release since their debut Strings and Pottery, way back in 1990. The two principals are composers ans multi-instrumentalists Morten Lund and Andreas Eriksen, who produce nearly all the sounds here, although in a live setting they expand to the five-piece Green Isac Orchestra. The fact that this is only their fifth CD release in almost 25 years, and their first in 10 years has made it additionally difficult to connect the dots, but this time out everything seems to have converged. Their sound takes a film soundtrack approach, constructing colorful melodic and rhythmic pieces from keyboards, electronics, and guitars with looping, repetition, and fragmentary brushes with dark and light, all over an ever-present bed of ethnic percussive rhythms, sometimes seemingly purely of acoustic origin, other times electronic or heavily processed. One will find a fair amount of variety across the twelve cuts herein, yet in that is a surprising stylistic consistency. Guest players have been brought in to cover additional instruments on certain tracks, but for the most part this is purely the work of Eriksen and Lund. As electronic music goes, this tends toward the gentler side, even with its rhythmic drive and exotic ethnic fusions. Trying to come up with comparisons isn’t an easy task, but the listener will find plenty in Passengers to challenge the senses.

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