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John Flomer's Primal Cinema — Mysterious Motions of Memory
(Spotted Peccary SPM-D0701, 1996, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1997-02-01

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Mysterious Motions is synthesist / composer Flomer's debut for Spotted Peccary. As 'Primal Cinema' and the title might suggest, the music here has a strong cinematic character, full of fantasy-like themes, floods of lush symphonic backdrops on which the brightly colored melodies playfully superimpose their animated imagery. Each of the eleven numbers has its own unique identity; some seem to have an almost childlike perspective, while others are more pastel and flowing. Compositionally, Flomer hits the mark every time with his richly layered symphonics and carefully applied synth choruses. With the exception of some acoustic guitar on one track and bits of acoustic percussion here and there, the entire project is synth driven, with a full range of tones, from grandiose symphonics to subtle and delicate percussives. Howard Givens' trademark production quality gives most of the material that warm and softly textured feel, fitting comfortably into the Spotted Peccary ethos. A strong compositional driven release that explores the full range of emotion.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 11, 1996 releases

Related artist(s): John Flomer

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