Lubomyr Melnyk - The Voice Of Trees
Genre: Modern Classical/Minimalism
Those who are familiar with Melnyk likely know him for his world records, one for being the fastest pianist (sustaining over 19.5 notes per second per hand) and the other for most number of notes played on a piano in one hour (over 93,650).
Surely you already have an idea of what to expect from this album from that information, but it's the execution and composition that matter here. This recording can be both soothing and manic, almost like taking a shower that's simultaneously too hot, too cold, and just right... I write the lamest little reviews, don't I?
Melnyk may be known for "Wave-Lox", but I feel this recording, despite being a bit rougher around the edges, is more friendly to newcomers and I feel the tubas being played on this recording complement his piano work surprisingly well.
Recommended If You Like: Terry Riley, Charlemagne Palestine, Steve Reich, and Michael Harrison.
Visit his myspace page for samples.
I'm not a big fan of classical but I love this so far.
it's one thing to post an album that people like, but to find something they like from a genre they normally don't care for is an honor, sir.
my goal is to post at least two non-pop/rock/metal albums a week.
i realize a lot of people will probably skip most of those weeks, but it's worth it.
World's fastest pianist making minimalist music?
Wonder how this will turn out.
Despite all my rage, I'm still just Nicolas Cage
That album was, to put it as simply as possible, beautiful. Definitely helped me relax also after some stress from today... great pick, stasis.
This is an album that I definitely need to listen to free from distractions. The way it subtly changes like soft clay kneaded by the hands of the artist is simply mesmerizing and the piece itself is so beautiful.
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I need to listen to this, contempory/avant-garde classical and minimalism are my two favourite forms of classical music so I'll download this right away.
I'm greatly interested in seeing the non-rock/metal albums that you'll post.
Last edited by franticfish; 02-26-2010 at 03:19 PM.
Shoulder - Touch
Genre: Emo/Hardcore Punk
Canada and 90's emo certainly don't go hand in hand for most folks, but there was actually a pretty solid scene there, mostly ignored both nowadays and during their heyday... This band's debut is one of several gems offered up.
Oftentimes sounding like a mix of Still Life without the folk-y bits or Native Nod with a slightly less punk approach this is a really solid set of songs, even keeping the 4 short instrumental interludes interesting and welcome additions to a genre that almost never sees entire tracks without vocals.
Like most quality emo recordings there is little to really hype up (though the musicians are indeed more skilled than many of their peers) since those who enjoy it are hopefully going to appreciate it for the cathartic listening experience it offers and little else.
Recommended If You Like: Still Life, I Hate Myself, Native Nod, The Hated, 1905, and Falling Forward.
Visit their myspace page for samples.