Blue Skied an' Clear: A Morr Music Compilation

Blue Skied an' Clear: A Morr Music Compilation


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Blue Skied an' Clear: A Morr Music Compilation

Few people could have predicted in 1992 that Slowdive would get the honor/embarrassment that comes with the tribute album treatment. Then again, tribute albums had yet to plague us during the era when words like "airyfairy" and "oceanic" could be found in every other NME record review. Appreciation for the band has quietly risen since they morphed into Mojave 3 in the late '90s; you can hear it in the young indie bands who would much rather buy new FX pedals than ditch their bassist, and you can also hear it in a handful of electronic labels whose artists seem to be equally inspired by bliss pop, IDM, and new wave. No label exemplifies this more than Morr Music. It's not entirely impossible that demo submissions are required to arrive at Morr's office with proof of ownership of Just for a Day, Souvlaki, and Pygmalion, so it's entirely fitting that they're doing this. The fortunate thing about this particular tribute album is that you're not dealing with the unavoidable tedium that comes with guitar bands mimicking a guitar band; Morr's records, while including guitars here and there, are steeped in electronics with a pop slant and a nudge toward IDM. The unfortunate thing is that Blue Skied an' Clear: A Morr Music Compilation occasionally sounds more like The Moog Cookbook than the Morr cookbook. Most of the contributors don't do much to the structure of the originals; instead, they do their best to replicate the songs with different means. Unsurprisingly, windswept airyfairy atmospherics are kept in place, as are floating tempos. Lali Puna's "40 Days" is the highlight, putting to use their typically soft and cozy drum programming and a bassline that ambles on and then thrums magnificently. Ulrich Schnauss' "Crazy for You" might as well be the missing Chapterhouse remix of the original, with a Rachel Goswell impersonator taking Neil Halstead's place on vocals and a shuffling hip-hop beat added to pull the song down from the stratosphere. A second disc of originals is included. Morr was very smart in doing this, since there must be plenty of Slowdive fans who are unfamiliar with the label. The covers disc, while giving the listener a good idea of what the label does, doesn't exactly play to its strengths. The originals are almost as patchy as the covers, but they show how the artists affiliated with the label take in influences without becoming weighed down by them. Schnauss strikes again with an upbeat vocal number made up of percolating beats, twinkling melodies, and whooshy textures. Guitar's contribution, featuring a singer who's a dead ringer for Pale Saints' Meriel Barham, is honestly just as good as anything released between 1990 and 1992. And Manual's "Summer Haze" is the umpteenth example of Jonas Munk's creaking, cascading hybrids of shoegaze, post-rock, and IDM.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/02/2004
Label: Morr Music / M.M.
UPC: 0880918803029
catalogNumber: 30

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Regina Janssen   Vocals
Judith Beck   Vocals
Maja Maria   Vocals

Technical Credits

Neil Halstead   Composer
Solvent   Composer,Producer
Markus Acher   Producer
Micha Acher   Composer
isan   Producer
Thomas Knak   Producer
Jesper Skaaning   Producer
Mario Thaler   Producer
B. Fleischmann   Composer,Producer
Ulrich Schnauss   Arranger,Producer
Skanfrom   Arranger
Christian Kleine   Composer,Producer
Günther Janssen   Programming,Engineer
Jan Kruse   Cover Design
Jonas Munk   Composer,Producer
Thaddi Herrmann   Producer
Anders Remmer   Producer
Digital Jockey   Producer,Vocal Programming
Valerie Trebeljahr   Producer
Arne Van Petegem   Composer
Julia Kliemann   Composer

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