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2014-08-30
Glenn Cornick RIP – Glenn Cornick, the original bassist in Jethro Tull, has passed away at his home in Hawaii. He was 67 years old, and had been in hospice care for some time. Cornick appeared on This Was, Stand Up, and Benefit, as well as parts of Living in the Past. » Read more

2014-08-25
Guardians of the Ancient Wisdom Starts Crowd Funding Campaign – Ian Shirley of Record Collector magazine has a Kickstarter Campaign to reissue the lovingly restored music of his former band, The Guardians of the Ancient Wisdom. You can help Ian release this undiscovered music on vinyl! » Read more

2014-08-25
Il Tempio delle Clessidre DVD now out – The DVD of their monumental concert in Seoul in October 2011 is finally released! » Read more

2014-07-24
Fruits der Mer Announces Autumn Releases – According an email today from Keith Jones of Fruits de Mer, the next batch of vinyl is scheduled for release on September 22.  » Read more

2014-07-17
RIP Johnny Winter – Johnny Winter, a Texas-bred guitarist and singer who was a mainstay of the blues-rock world since the 1960s, died on Wednesday July 16th in his hotel room in Zurich. He was 70 and had been on tour in Europe. » 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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