Sin-é ‎– Deep Water Drop Off

Wicklow ‎– 09026-63538-2



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09026-63538-2 Sin-é Deep Water Dropoff(CD, Album) Wicklow 09026-63538-2 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
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October 24, 2012
edited over 6 years ago
There was a time where folky world electronica jazzy music was everywhere in the indie radios, and this became prominent in the late 90s, when THE three masterpieces of the genre (IMHO sure) were released: "Bothy Culture" from Martyn Bennett, "OK" from Talvin Singh and "Beyond Skin" from Nitin Sawhney. The first one was quite influential in the communities where pipes are part of their folklore, so many groups that tried to blend their roots with electronic programming arised. Sin'e wasn't exactly one of them, but the third album fits perfectly this category. How is it? Nice, above it all, nice, but with some parts better than others.

Let's say that this album has three kind of compositions: electronica/pop ones, jazzy ones and others that mix different styles. The jazzy ones are the best of them all: most of them feature irregular rhythms and complex instrumentation, and manage to feel natural and not an academic work (something that happens in lots of "world" music groups). Rhubarb, Something Seven, and the most beautiful of them, Phryig for Lyle Mays are risky, catchy and very very good. The pop tracks are nice, sang with ease by Taz Alexander, and very well produced, though sometimes they seem like ... narrow? As sometimes the song needed to burst out in pipes, violins and piano improvisations but they didn't allow it to do it.

The songs that blend different genres are not very good. "Serial Transpacencies" is just a bit bland: the irish part is good, but the indian one feels quite flat. Saoirse is just a disaster in its shouty bridge, maybe trying to sound punk? Anyway, bad idea.

EDIT: somehow I forgot that there are two inane enya-like compositions. Pretty, but inane.

But I like the album overall. Maybe it's because the jazzy bits are good enough to compensate the bad ones. I recommend it if you find it in a second hand cd store, if there is any open nowadays.