Our Moon Is Full

Our Moon Is Full

by Strings of Consciousness
     
 

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In experimental circles, electronica-related and otherwise, the mid-2000s marked a slight return to the song format. Call it the logical extension of the underground folk revival or more simply a desire to apply experimental findings to genres of wider appeal, the fact remains that noisy textures, electronic constructs, and post-rock anthems permeated into the song

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In experimental circles, electronica-related and otherwise, the mid-2000s marked a slight return to the song format. Call it the logical extension of the underground folk revival or more simply a desire to apply experimental findings to genres of wider appeal, the fact remains that noisy textures, electronic constructs, and post-rock anthems permeated into the song realm, to a point where some reviewers started writing about "electro-acoustic pop." Strings of Consciousness' debut full-length marvelously illustrates how artistically successful this approach can be. The international collective blends acoustic instruments (sax, cello, trumpet, harp, vibraphone) and computer treatments; melodies and texture layers; narratives and abstractions. The group's lineup features seasoned experimentalists Hervé Vincenti, Stefano Tedesco, and Philippe Petit, Spaceheads/Pere Ubu's Andy Diagram, the Sea and Cake's Alison Chesley -- and that's only part of the group's core. Also present are the guest vocalists: Foetus' J.G. Thirlwell, Girls Against Boys' Scott McCloud, and the almighty Barry Adamson, again just to name a few. The music does not blend only sound sources (acoustic/electronic), but genres, too: folk, industrial (the Current 93-tinged "Crystallize It"), even Western in "In Between," featuring a captivating recitation by Pete Simonelli. If the album contains occasional moments of brightness (the short "Defrost_Oven" with wordless vocalizing by Lisa Smith-Klossner), most of it is pretty dark, including the disc's two undisputed highlights: "Cleanliness Is Next to Godliness," featuring Oxbow's Eugene Robinson, and "While the Sun Burns Out Another Sun," with the post-beat poetry of Black Sifichi. Our Moon Is Full adopts the song format; however, it never becomes about catchy tunes. On the contrary, this moody album requires a few listens to sink in because, even though it presents a cohesive personality, its beauties are so numerous and subtle that they take time to unfold. A serious contender for year-end lists across the board.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2007
Label:
Central Control
UPC:
0689076465663
catalogNumber:
5

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Strings of Consciousness   Primary Artist
Barry Adamson   Vocals
Alison Chesley   Cello
Hugh Hopper   Electric Bass
Scott McCloud   Vocals
Eugene Robinson   Vocals
J.G. Thirlwell   Vocals
Andy Diagram   Trumpet,electronics
Philippe Petit   Voices
Pete Simonelli   Vocals
Lisa Smith-Klossner   Vocals
Nicolas Dick   Guitar
Abdenor Natouri   Double Bass
Herve Vincenti   Guitar,Keyboards,Sampling
Lenka Zupkova   Violin
Stefano Tedesco   Vibes
Perceval Bellone   Clarinet,Saxophone
Pierre Fenichel   Double Bass
Raphaelle Rinaudo   Harp

Technical Credits

Philippe Petit   Producer
Monte Vallier   Engineer
Herve Vincenti   Producer

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