Blue Moth

February 28, 2012 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: February 28, 2012
  • Label: Tzadik
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 Tzadik
  • Total Length: 1:00:07
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  • ASIN: B007CEW1OA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,388 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pat Muchmore on May 19, 2012
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This is an absolutely astonishing album. Anna Clyne builds dense textures that pulsate with menace and then lets them either coalesce, explode or dissipate along fascinating pathways. On "Rapture", a clarinet solo is so viciously distorted that it's virtually unrecognizable as it keens repeatedly over a base of white noise. But listen more closely and you realize that the clarinet is actually emerging from and receding back into this veil of sound. Admittedly, this raw and noisy track assails the ears pretty relentlessly, but other tracks are more intrinsically engaging. "Fits + Starts" is filled with unexpected twists and textures, including an ominous harpsichord that is occasionally reversed. "Steelworks" has a propulsive marimba ostinato, which, by the way, is recorded more richly than I've ever heard a marimba captured on any other album. Throughout the record, the human voice makes various cameo appearances, almost always heavily manipulated in some fashion, suggesting an almost post-apocalyptic or at least post-human landscape. In fact, each track is a fascinating landscape that can be explored repeatedly--every listen reveals new intricacies and features of the bent and twisting soundworld. I cannot recommend this album enough.
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By km on April 26, 2012
Format: Audio CD
this is an amazing cd.
so beautifully composed and played
very inspiring!
i've heard some of the songs before but this is so well mastered it's helping me understand the music more.
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By BicycleBrown on March 15, 2012
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I'm currently listening to this for the third time. it's very intricate and lovely and so much comes forward on each listen. Of course, I love Steve Reich as well and find this albumn fits into that sort of wonderful music.
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By J22222 on March 10, 2012
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This album is very, VERY good. 1987 is one of the more beautiful works I've heard in a while, and Steelworks has a lot of great energy. I love the sounds she finds, and she uses them with a lot of musicality. This is cool. You should buy it.
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2 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Anna Kramer on February 28, 2012
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My husband and I heard a beautiful piece that this composer, Anna Clyne, had written as a tribute to her mother, WITHIN HER ARMS, at a symphony and dance performance recently in St. Louis. We were blown away. It was exquisite! I searched the internet for anything by her. So I immediately ordered this album when I came across it on Amazon. BLUE MOTH is not at all of the same lyrical, beautiful, even heartbreakingly tender tone as WITHIN HER ARMS. I was totally unprepared for the very, VERY modernistic synthesized digital sound of the pieces on BLUE MOTH. I squirmed quite a bit, and finally ejected it from the CD drive. To my ear it was grating and unpleasant. Had I done more research on her (which I have since done) I would have been more prepared for her usual compositional style and instruments of choice.

However, I know that there are many musical tastes, and I'm sure there are many for whom this will be a new and exciting experience. Nor do I think any less of the composer just because I did not like this album. I don't like every single thing Mozart wrote either. For WITHIN HER ARMS alone, she will always be one of my favorites.

I do wish Anna Clyne would record WITHIN HER ARMS. I have found only an internet performance by the St Paul Chamber Orchestra, but no recording. Now that piece is amazing!!
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