Friday, August 13, 2010

Terre Thaemlitz - Soil (1995)


For fans of: GAS, Thomas Köner, Alva Noto

In this fast-paced modern world where information is instant and everything we do seems to be for a greater good, Soil will allow you to return to the core of yourself in a way few ambient albums can. These six tracks contain a variety of electronic effects and recordings that will relax the body, but challenge the mind. The recordings include radio transmissions, militaristic chants, and an episode of domestic violence, and when combined with the spacey ambient textures, can be like viewing human life from some kind of an isolated bubble. More than your average music, this is an introspective experience and response to this political world. - Matthew Foster

"A flowing, shifting, almost timeless statement incorporating equal parts confusion and calm across six tracks of entirely beatless ambient. Thaemlitz' ability to infuse elements of immediacy and physicality into a measured, slowly evolving style traditionally bogged down by either disinterested elitism or faux collectivist spirituality figures him as one of America's most important contemporary composers, and a singular voice in new ambient." - AMG

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