Thursday, December 07, 2006

Yasume "Where We're From The Birds Sing A Pretty Song"

Artist: Yasume
Album: Where We're From The Birds Sing A Pretty Song
Label: City Centre Offices
Release date: 8 September 2003
Genre: Electronic
Style: Glitch/Ambient

01. Rengoku
02. When Audrey Dances
03. 2112 Crescent Heights
04. The Prevailing Wind
05. Peculiar Fascination
06. Sing The Noises
07. Slowly, Clearly And Calmly
08. Triumph Of Two
Total running time: 42' 21"
"Yasume is the collaborative effort of Midlands resident John Xela and Californian Gabriel Morley. John is probably best known for his work on the Neo Ouija label as 'Xela' and Gabe has just released a dark and crunchy EP on (Warp approved) Team Shadetek's imprint under his anagram-moniker 'Logreybeam'. In setting out to record this amazing album both artists laid their ideas against a backdrop provided by a big influence on them both - David Lynch. John and Gabe had shared something of an obsession with the director and his surreal cinematic world, the first track brought to life as a great homage to one of his most famous creations - "When Audrey Dances." The music spanned into deep and varied realms: two laptops, two instances of Max/MSP (bearing in mind John had never even used a Macintosh before) and a carefully assembled display of chopped up beats and the warmest effervescent midnight melodies you'll hear this side of the Black Lodge. Twelve months were spent honing the sound and perfecting the tracks - bringing to life eight amazing cinematic soundpieces best summed up by the album's title: "Where we're from the birds sing a pretty song". An album that reflects the varied and seemingly incongruous elements at play: intricate beats, cinematic strings, dub aesthetics and, perhaps most importantly, an intuitive understanding of evocative instrumental songwriting. Although the words of the title are lifted from one of the defining moments of David Lynch's seminal 'Twin Peaks' - it totally defines the melting beauty Yasume manage to bring to life. "Where We're From The Birds Sing A Pretty Song": two musicians from two totally different parts of the world, each reflecting their own place, their own time, bringing to the world music from nowhere, music without a home... perhaps it’s the music of dreams? One thing is certain though, in this place the birds really do sing a very pretty song." [source]


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