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2014-12-06
The 13th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus International Psychedelic Festival Dates Announced – Fruits de Mer announces the Psychedelic Music Festival of 2015, or at least the FdM Festival of 2015, with dates set for August in Wales. » Read more

2014-12-04
Another Sad Passing: Ian McLagan RIP – Ian McLagan, keyboardist for the Faces / Small Faces passed away at age 69 in Austin, TX on Dec 3, 2014 from a stroke. » Read more

2014-12-04
Clive Palmer RIP – The sad news reaches us that Incredible String Band co-founder Clive Palmer passed away at age 71 on November 23, 2014. » Read more

2014-11-27
Rustblade Announces Release of New Legendary Pink Dots Album – Ten to the Power of Nine (109) is a new Legendary Pink Dots album being released worldwide on November 28, 2014. It is a dark concept album of conspiracies and secrets. » Read more

2014-11-26
Cuneiform Turns 30: The Albums of 2014: a "Name Your Price" Compilation Album – On Thanksgiving 2014, Cuneiform expresses gratitude for surviving over the past 30 years inside the music business, despite being a record label devoted to releasing music far outside the mainstream. Cuneiform released 20 albums of high-quality, genre-defiant music in 2014, the largest number of albums they have ever released in a single year!  » 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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