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Ciii: Even Celestina Gets the Blues

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On January 1, 2012 17 Pygmies officially released CIII - Even Celestina Gets the Blues (A Tale of Love and Quantum Physics). This, the third and final installment of the Celestina trilogy finds the crew of the Celestina (what's left of it anyway...) having escaped the clutches of a black hole and with new knowledge of the Treachery of the Third Inquisition racing back to Earth to expose the truth of the "robot menace." On the way, secrets are revealed that could further change the plight of humanity (really) or be buried along with the members of the Celestina, which as it turns out is a very realistic possibility. Musically, CIII is clearly reminiscent of Celestina and CII, but also an obvious departure into additional genres of music and theory. Originally conceived as music for string quartet, CIII incorporates simplified classical structures and sounds along with more "ornate" theories of construction along the lines of John Cage, Stockhausen and Brian Wilson. Yes, THAT Brian Wilson. Think about it...Additional influences would have to include Throbbing Gristle, John Foxx, Nick Drake, ELP, HMO (ha-ha joke) and I think I would have to say Magical Mystery Tour era Beatles.

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  • Audio CD (February 5, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 1-2-3-4-GO!
  • ASIN: B0076XT9JC
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,103,580 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Lynch on January 26, 2012
Format: MP3 Music
The third installment of Celestina was actually my first listen to the 17 Pygmies music. By the time I finished listened to the complete set of tunes I realized that having a theme that ties all the music together like a book isn't being done much anymore.
The music overall has an ethereal, other-world feel that is very unique. I found it especially soothing for a Monday morning since usually it's kind of a panic-mode day. The main vocalist Meg Maryatt has a very resonant and pleasing tone, making so believable that an alien or robotic-hybrid person was singing and sharing her experiences of emotions she discovers.
Without reading the story behind the music I gathered that Celestina was trapped in the constellations in heaven and now has come down to Earth and is discovering sadness, she can't sleep, she feels a need to belong and be like us- to have love and acceptance. "What is a diamond in the eye of a demon?" she sings, now being able to discern her place may not really be heaven.
The music really takes you into the story, complete with dream sequences that are brilliantly orchestrated and mixed. There are special sounds that to me are amazing, great ideas in choices of "special effects" or spacey sounds. There are layers underneath that you have to listen to closely and need to repeat listening to hear everything- which makes it an intellectual and emotional experience. The instruments are disguised in a good way to really color the illusion and after a while you stop trying to figure out what is playing- you can just let it flow like a science fiction novel.
There are some great musical performances, notably the cello player Larissa Fedoryka, who played on the incredible waltz tune, the ninth selection.
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