|4||Juneau Keeps On Raining||4:08|
|5||Shadows Of The Moose||3:35|
|10||Forest Information Center||6:57|
|13||Pine Tree Blues||5:02|
|14||Valley Of The Vixens||3:40|
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©2008 Strange Life Records
- Brilliant album... my copy has a wafting noise at then end Astrotrucker which is loud in the mix (like it's some sort of disc issue) but fades out with the track. This sound isn't present on the Bandcamp track. Has anyone else with the CDr found this?
- Another beauty from SLR. Deep, brooding tunes built the old fashioned way no doubt: Sequenced on hardware. Built up and rocked out on the mixing board with lots of analogue goodness (maybe a guest appearance from the DX7? Hard to say for sure but it has been all over other recent releases. Pardon the synth-nerd stuff.)
Unlike other recent releases on SLR which have leaned a bit more or less towards dark, melancholy soundscapes (also quite nice in their own right) there's plenty of beat-driven jams here to keep your head boppin. The TR-808 takes it's rightful place as King of all drum machines and drives most or all of the rhythmic ventures. Works for me.
Nice to know these sounds are not the product of some damn clone or software. Not that I mind all that necessarily, but personally, I CAN hear the difference in the end product and it's especially enjoyable in the context of a properly recorded session with all the rest of the original equipment.
There's the usual/unusual thematic storyline that accompanies a release on Strange Life. Moody and imaginative, it really does give a sense of adventure and you have to wonder - is this something that is part of the creative process as it goes or does it come after??
It's nothing but a compliment to say that there are certainly shades of Drexciyan production values here and there (Trans Alaskan). Artistically, it's nothing more than a tip of the hat and seems to be like a well-placed cameo appearance - cast perfectly for the story.
Personally, I waited until Dark Days 2 came out to place an order for a few of the newer releases on Strange Life and got them all at once. It really does seem like Christmas with all this wonderful new music and I'm glad to have the extra time to kick back, dig in and listen. All in all, this is an early favourite amongst the new jams on SLR.