The Detroit Escalator Co.* ‎– Black Buildings

Peacefrog Records ‎– PFG012
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1 Folding Space 3:14
2 Mandala/Toronto
Guitar [Steel String] – John Arnold
3 Manual Transmission 4:09
4 Ghana 3:04
5 NO² 3:40
6 Freeway 2:37
7 City Lights 3:58
8 Gathering Light 4:13
9 Point Of Entry 5:11
10 The Inverted Man (Dreaming)
Guitar [Steel String] – John Arnold
11 Sil Lum Tao 5:36
12 Terminal (DTW) 2:29
13 Fractal (In) 2:37
14 Prana 4:20
15 Duat 1:33
16 Float 3:54
17 Gari 1:01
18 Scram 3:49
19 Sistrum 0:57
20 Climb 5:23

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(P) + (C) 2001 The Detroit Escalator Co.

Digipak packaging.

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  • Barcode: 5 050294 110621

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September 22, 2015
I found this album frustrating to be honest. A track will start and invariably it is good, you start getting really into it and wondering where it's going to take you, and then it just ends. There's a total of 20 tracks on this, all very short in length, I just found it all a bit annoying, it's as if he couldn't be bothered finishing them off.

Not a patch on his first album.


September 15, 2015
edited over 3 years ago
How about Fractal (In) for some frosty electronic euphoria. Damn.


June 30, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
Hard album to find but definitely worth getting. I got the album 2 years ago and is still played on a daily basis. Its hard to describe the album but "Black Buildings" contains an urban/city like atmosphere with industrialous machine soundcapes with ambient beats that aren't cheesy. The artist rode his bike around Detroit with a DAT recorder on him & created riffs that mimic those sounds. Neil's music sounds like nothing I've ever heard and his album would always catch people's attention whenever I'd play it. Even though people sell it online over the $20 figure, its definitely worth getting!


April 16, 2004

On The Detroit Escalator Co.’s second full album, <I>Black Buildings</I>, Neil Ollivierra manages once again to coax emotion from machines. The bass seems a bit more pronounced, as if he were constructing solid foundations for these buildings -- but keep in mind that bass does not always translate into kick drums. “No2,” for instance, swims in the bass, but manages an ambient elegance. Mark my words, the compositions are solid. “Manual Transmission” thrums with beauty; “Gathering Light” continues the ambient beauty. “Fractal (In)” glistens and shimmers; “Float” is pretty much self-explanatory. The Detroit Escalator Co. makes one-of-a-kind music. Just listen and you’ll agree.