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Dusty Rainbow from the Dark Deluxe Edition


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A multifaceted and fiercely independent artist, Wax Tailor established his reputation in just a few years as one of the leading voices of the post hip-hop and downtempo scenes. With 3 albums under his belt, as well as over 400 concerts in more than 50 countries, he has enticed fans worldwide with a unique musical blend.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 18, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Le Plan
  • ASIN: B008JFQKG6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,539 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Wax Tailor established his reputation in just a few years as one of the leading voices of the post hip-hop and downtempo scenes. Returning with the concept album, Dusty Rainbow From The Dark, the French producer gives us a musical tale inspired in large part by the enchanted world of childhood. His fourth long player is also a charming allegory on the escapist power of music. Narrated by the legendary voice of Don McCorkindale (Radio BBC's The Avengers), featuring the likes of Aloe Blacc, Shana Halligan (Bitter:Sweet), Jennifer Charles (Dan The Automator's Lovage), as well as past collaborators Charlotte Savary, Sara Genn, Mattic, A.S.M, this multicolored fable with an international cast takes us on a wandering path through psychedelic downtempo and baroque hip-hop, to create an album that is at once modern and timeless.

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I heard one song, and I was hooked!!
Jennie
This is a great journey - my first exposure through his music. and well worth buying outright, even in a world of growing streaming music.
S. Mcdaniel
You will want to listen to it straight through every time.
Xiochi

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Evan Henley on January 20, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Evidenced by his heavily collaborative trip-hop sobriquet Wax Tailor, Jean-Christophe Le Saoût knows how to spin a spectacular story. Dusty Rainbow`s supernatural diversions call to mind Le Saoût's mother culture of French Cinema so convincingly that I'd bat nary a lash if I encountered a short film adaptation by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, starring Audrey Tatou as the sly mother. Of course it comes as no surprise that nearly half of the tracks on Dusty Rainbow feature guest artists. These include a number of old friends such as the quivering Charlotte Savary, hip-hop troupe A.S.M, and French MC Mattic (who's Facebook page made me laugh: "The multi-talented MC describes his `Past Futuristic Rhyme Animal' style as a futuristic voyage through the past [uhh???]...he crafts many worlds within his music that is replete with samples and magical rhymes"). Well, his "magical" rhymes are certainly right at home in Dusty Rainbow. Making their Waxy debut are Elysian Fields' knee-weakening Jennifer Charles, and Detroit's Elzhi alongside the holy moly luscious Akua Naru.

Let's forget about the narrative for a moment. Featuring solid pop jams like the sensuous, quasi-Flamenco "Only Once," the funky mambo-groove "Heart Stop," and the soul-meltingly retro "My Window," Dusty Rainbow excels in terms of pure musical aesthetics. Wielding his preferred compositional tools--frequent sampling, cascading orchestral textures, and intricate, cross-genre rhythmic underpinnings--Wax Tailor crafts an album whose 56-odd minutes pack a parsimonious punch.

In many ways, it's a synesthetic trip, with masterfully coordinated music and lyrics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian on August 13, 2013
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First off, apologies for I am not a music snob. I just aspire to be. I don't have a 1,000 word review for you hear dissecting each song's nuances.

I listen to a lot of different genres but prefer those inspired by EDM. I don't know how to pin this album down, which may be the beauty of it. It is a combination of a vocal narrative, vocals, instruments, electronic elements and a fair amount of samples (many of them vintage sounding).

It sounds like a remix of a 70's fusion concept album to me. It's refreshing to hear something different, so I say - worth the download. Plus if you are a hipster, I really doubt many people have heard of Wax Tailor, so you can reply when asked what this is "some obscure group you have probably never heard of"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 27, 2012
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French producer Wax Tailor (Jean-Christophe Le Saoût) is known for his ability to construct complex and moody compositions and stories with samples from classic film. His work also features unique arrangements and collaborations with strong vocal talent. Dusty Rainbow from the Dark is a story (possibly autobiographical?), co-written with Sara Genn, about a boy discovering solace from melancholy in the words of his mother and a collection of records. In concept, it feels a bit like an introverted Really Rosie, a collaboration between Carol King and Maurice Sendak. Both explore childhood imagination from different perspectives.

The overall mood of the album can be a bit of a downer. The dusty rainbow of the title is more of a coping mechanism than an escape from sadness. The explicit English vocal narration is intrusive at parts, but helps to tie the album together more strongly than other concept albums on my iPod such as Kate Bush's Aerial or Janelle Monae's Archandroid. The CD comes with a bonus CD of instrumental tracks if you just want to listen to Wax Tailor's composition, and Heart Stop and Time to Go are reprised with radio-friendly edits.

Heart Stop (feat. Jennifer Charles) and Time To Go (feat. Aloe Blacc) are the "radio-friendly" collaborations with earworm-food beats and smooth vocal performances. Long-time collaborator Charlotte Savary (a personal favorite) contributes vocals to Dusty Rainbow, an unsettling and syncopated composition. Ali Harter, Mattic, and multiple other guest vocalists also contribute.

No; Past, Present, & Future (Rock 'n' Roll); and Phonovisions are Wax Tailor's trademark sound collages. The range of his sampling library is heavy on vintage movie dialogue, orchestral, and jazz instrumentation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennie on January 18, 2013
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I heard one song, and I was hooked!! I bought the album and Im glad I did! It sounds a little like "Hive" but different! Funky,cool,calm and I love to heat it when Im working!! A+!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Carson on December 3, 2012
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I am a late-comer to Wax Tailor. First time through the CD, I thought "good" but not spectacular. Second play, augmented by a listen to the instrumental CD that accompanies it, my appreciation increased markedly. So much so that I order another of his albums.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marco2015 on October 29, 2012
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Wax Tailor is a few producers along side J-Dilla, Nujabes, and Dr. Dre that can make people enjoy hip-hop the very moment they take a break from Swizz Beats and the SUPER ANNOYING DJ Khaled. This album here must rank as an INSTANT Classic, the mixes and storyline is just perfect. If you just buy one album per year, this SHOULD be your one album this year! To me, no one who does not like this album appreciates GOOD hip-hop.
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