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2014-10-31
McLatchey's Top Tier debuts today – Mike McLatchey hasn't written for Exposé for several years now, but we're welcoming him back to our "pages" with his occasional series of reviews of his favorite albums of all time. The reviews were originally posted on his Facebook timeline, but we're republishing them here for wider exposure. » Read more

2014-10-25
Jack Bruce RIP – The sad news reaches us that legendary bassist Jack Bruce died on 25 October 2014 from liver disease in Suffolk, England, aged 71. His work, first with Cream, and then on numerous solo releases as well as guesting with other artists, had a significant impact on the role of the bass guitar in rock music. » Read more

2014-10-20
Games for May festival announced – The first Fruits de Mer festival for 2015 is announced well in advance so no one can claim that they are too busy to attend, if you happen to be in Putney on May 24, 2015. » Read more

2014-10-17
Documentary about The Residents in the works – Since their beginnings back in the 70s, The Residents have amazed and confused those who heard their strange variety of music. Theory of Obscurity is a film about this strange avant-garde arts collective, and it's now in post production. » Read more

2014-10-02
Gentle Giant's Live at the Bicentennial Due out November 18 – Happy news reaches us from Alucard Music, official keeper of the Gentle Giant legacy, that a new archival live release will be out soon. The show took place July 3, 1976 at the Calderone Theater, Hempstead, Long Island, and was broadcast on a local radio station. » Read more

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Taal - Skymind I know it may seem like a glamorous life to be a music critic, getting all those free CDs, getting into shows for free, hobnobbing with the stars. But I assure you, it’s not all it’s cracked up to...  (2003) » Read more

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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