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The Future Sound of London - Isness (2002) Retail CD
Lets face it, if youre in love with electronica/ambient/IDM/etc music, then as far as these things go a new fsol album is a pretty exciting event, especially when dead cities came out in... (sound of piles of cds being flicked through) 1996! yerk!So was it worth the wait? well, that all depends on what you want from a new fsol album (and lets not forget this is amorphous androgynous, so brian+garry have go a free get out clause anyway)if your expecting Dead cities2, then you might be scowling, and if your wanting fsol to have gone ultra, ultra high-tech then you might as well buy a lovely monolakemore… album, cos this album is a psychout,resolutley freak-out slab of magical PROGTASTIC'TRONICA cake. Yow!What the hell am i talking about? well, if you take the basic components of the fsol sound, add lots of 'magical mystery tour/ tommorow never knows' vibes, much pretty sitar, mellotrons, flutes and a kind of late 70s bbc 'life on earth' fairlight synth sound, and mix them all together with some of the finest production ive ever heard on a record, you might get some idea of this albums special quality.the biggest change is the incorporation of (gasp) vocals into the fsol soundscape. What sounds like gary cobain doing his best psychedelic crooning jolts you a bit when you first hear it, and on first impressions he sounds a bit like err...brett anderson? but it complements the feel of this record very, very well. The biggest praise i can give it is would be to say that if youve ever looked through a book of very obscure album covers of the 60s and wanted an aural accompanyment, then this is the album to go for.Tracks like 'the mello hippo disco show' and 'galaxical pharmaceutical' are stunning in their use of instrumentation, and also suprise in their use of humour (something previously missing from fsol, unless you count the comedy cover artwork of dead cities) with 'Galaxical' containing throughout its 15 minuet length some of those elusive & special goosepimpley vibes that i havent had from an electronia album since Geogaddi dropped in march.Other worthy tracks are 'yes my brother', which is 52 seconds of awesome, isdn-funk, 'guru song' with what must be liz fraser yelping over a lurching, swampy sitar groove, and 'meadows' which has a reworking of dialouge from the film 'silent running' intoducing a pastoral, multi-instrumental swooning track of the higest order.To sum up: if you like sitar, have a sense of humour, are feeling all mellow and want to float away on the best retro-futurist comfy chair out so far in '02, then this is pretty much essential.
|3||The mellow hippo disco show|
|4||Goodbye sky (reprise)|
|6||Go tell it to the trees egghead|
|10||Her tongue is loke a jellyfish|
|12||High tide on the sea of flesh|
|13||The galaxial pharmaceutical|
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