Two new albums I have that everyone should give thought to owning.
The first is the latest album Pocket Symphony
by those French Geniuses of trip hop, Air
This album marks a departure for them from their more, hmmm, I'd hesitate to use aggressive, perhaps lively would be a better term for them. The album is much more subtle than albums before, more emphasis on softly softly, gives it a feel of almost pleasant aural sunshine bathing the mind. There are a few tracks that haven't quite clicked with me but generally the album is yet another winner as far as I'm concerned. I was surprised to find that Jarvis Cocker has assisted with some of the album, but when I found this out it actually turned out the two tracks that he'd helped with were the ones that irked me and I was having more trouble liking immediately.
This album will definitely grow (even more) on me.
The second album Classic Mushroom
by Infected Mushroom
stays with Electronica but validates my faith in the band as this is the first album I've bought from them; I've heard one other track by them on a very well mixed album before and caught some hints about what they can do. And they can.
Trance is a much misunderstood genre to many, to most it's a thumping repetitive bassline with some jingly beats over the top of it that grate the ears. That is the armpit of trance, the smelly side of it that anyone who likes the genre should generally cross the street away from. Those people who don't know what bass is for, what the multiple levels of sound and pitch can be; what a synergy of music on multiple levels, vocal, bass, a single recognisable sound cast into a swathe of tunes blended like a master chef. THAT is what Infected Mushroom do; yes they still use those repeating tones, which frankly I'm grateful for grounding me between the relentless curve and sway of music that would otherwise lift me off from earth zero to cloud nine.
If you have any love of electronica and trance genres you would be doing yourself a massive disservice not to at least investigate these guys, I know for certain that if their other albums are half what this is I'm buying the lot. My only regret listening to this is it isn't so loud that the entire earth is shaking with it's vibe and that dancing on my desk at work will probably get me fired or disciplined.