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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Forrest Fang's ninth solo release finds the composer continuing his particular exploration of instrumental sounds with sources from all over the place, a seemingly casual but clearly well-worked-on power of creation. "Islands in the Sky" is perhaps the first prime moment where everything simply clicks in remarkable fashion, with the feeling of a stately gamelan orchestra shifting into a distant percussion loop and texture that perhaps inevitably calls to mind his sometime collaborator Steve Roach's work -- but then is suddenly transformed again by the combination of a beautiful violin part, serene guitar tones, and further skittering, percussive washes like a gentle rain. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Forrest Fang's ninth solo release finds the composer continuing his particular exploration of instrumental sounds with sources from all over the place, a seemingly casual but clearly well-worked-on power of creation. "Islands in the Sky" is perhaps the first prime moment where everything simply clicks in remarkable fashion, with the feeling of a stately gamelan orchestra shifting into a distant percussion loop and texture that perhaps inevitably calls to mind his sometime collaborator Steve Roach's work -- but then is suddenly transformed again by the combination of a beautiful violin part, serene guitar tones, and further skittering, percussive washes like a gentle rain. This is all done while the majestic progress of the track proceeds without a pause, suffusing the entirety of the experience much in the same way a prime hip-hop production can reassemble all its own parts for maximum impact. Much of the album suggests, in an abstract yet still striking way, the world of Hayao Miyazaki's films, a sense of flight -- apparent from the start with the song title "Tailing Wind" -- and majestic contemplation of the power of the natural world. Heady stuff, but Fang's desire throughout Animism is one of engagement, where quietly ominous two-note bass parts, sweet electronic textured float, bowed and struck instruments, and much more suggest a constant evolution, even as the album moves inexorably toward the concluding "Resting Point." That Fang has found such a productive home on Projekt Records isn't surprising -- not when a song like "A Tributary Unwinds" can call to mind much of Black Tape for a Blue Girl's '90s work -- but importantly, he has long since established his own strong musical voice.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/19/2012
  • Label: Projekt Records
  • UPC: 617026027425
  • Catalog Number: 274
  • Sales rank: 325,722

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Forrest Fang Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Mandolin, Percussion, Violin, Wood Flute, Baglama, Electric Violin, electronics, Bandurria, Electronic Mandolin, Kulin Tang, Dan Bau
Technical Credits
Robert Rich Mastering
Mark Mushet Artwork
Johannes Kepler Liner Notes
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