Living Room

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All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
Carlos Niño had already more than proven his abilities as a producer and musician before he hooked up with Dexter Story to form the Life Force Trio, skills that are only emphasized on the band's debut full-length, Living Room. Niño acts as arranger and producer as well as instrumentalist on the record, and is -- with the exception of the final track -- the only constant from song to song (the name Life Force Trio is a bit confusing, as it is technically Niño and Story but also includes Dwight Trible, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Fabian Ammon, Gaby Hernandez, and Andres Renteria, the last two of whom wrote, performed, and produced the closer, "Orbit [Spaceways Radio Theme ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
Carlos Niño had already more than proven his abilities as a producer and musician before he hooked up with Dexter Story to form the Life Force Trio, skills that are only emphasized on the band's debut full-length, Living Room. Niño acts as arranger and producer as well as instrumentalist on the record, and is -- with the exception of the final track -- the only constant from song to song (the name Life Force Trio is a bit confusing, as it is technically Niño and Story but also includes Dwight Trible, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Fabian Ammon, Gaby Hernandez, and Andres Renteria, the last two of whom wrote, performed, and produced the closer, "Orbit [Spaceways Radio Theme Forever]"). Not that this matters much, because the other musicians are all talented and committed to making and sustaining the laid-back, ambient-folk vibe that runs throughout the entire album, and the album succeeds because of this. While most of the instrumentation is electronic-based (Moog, keys, MPC), there are also acoustic guitars, violas, and live percussion and vocals that give Living Room a nice intimate feel. "The Shadows Took Shape," the second part of a nine-plus-minute song, has an almost Rio-lounge feel thanks to Hernandez's steady keyboards, but the drums are so airy and lazy and the other chords so long and slow that the piece hardly seems to be able to stay together, melting like a Dali painting until the third section, "Soulmates, Like Thunder and Lightning," finally takes over with its sure, definite drumbeat -- the first time that occurs in the album -- and matches nicely with the vocal jazz riffing that Trible adds as the song winds down. The whole thing is very atmospheric, but that's not to say it roams around without direction, aiming for ambience instead of a purpose. Because Living Room is about restraint as well as expression within various media, what matters is the subtlety that's found in the singular notes and chords, the overall effect and the individual intricacies. But that's what Niño's always done, so why should anyone have expected anything different?
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/22/2006
  • Label: Plug Research
  • UPC: 612651007521
  • Catalog Number: 75
  • Sales rank: 258,076

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Life Force Trio Primary Artist
Derf Reklaw-Raheem Flute
Jesse Sharps Accordion
Dwight Trible Vocals
Dexter Story Guitar, Electric Bass, Cymbals, Drums, Vocals, Moog Synthesizer, fender rhodes
Carlos Niño Percussion, Keyboards, Moog Synthesizer, fender rhodes, Sounds
Andres Renteria Percussion, Conga, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Moog Synthesizer, fender rhodes
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Keyboards, Viola, Melodica, Moog Synthesizer, fender rhodes
Fabian Ammon Keyboards
Gaby Hernandez Keyboards, Vocals, Kalimba
Carolina Chaves Vocals
Azul Niño Vocals
Yusef Story Vocals
Technical Credits
John Tejada Mastering
Dexter Story Composer
Carlos Niño Arranger, Producer, Engineer, drum programming, Concept
Andres Renteria Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Composer
Fabian Ammon Composer, drum programming
Gaby Hernandez Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Concept
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