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Story of Iceland

E. Kang Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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listen  1. The Story Of Iceland - Circle Of Fair Karma Part 1 1:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. The Story Of Iceland - Circle Of Fair Karma Part 215:07Album Only
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listen  6. 10:10 (the Beloved One)10:12Album Only
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The Narrow Garden is the latest full length from composer Eyvind Kang which will be released on Ipecac on January 30th. Across his illustrious musical career in addition to arranging and performing with other musicians, he has released many recordings of original music notably the acclaimed choral piece "Athlantis" (Ipecac) and "The Yelm Sessions" (Tzadik). The Narrow ... Read more in Amazon's Eyvind Kang Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 27, 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tzadik
  • ASIN: B00004T92S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #451,231 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid effort from a very interesting musician June 29, 2000
By bimwa
Format:Audio CD
Eyvind Kang has perfected the art of recording music that is utterly beautiful and yet completely sick and twisted at the same time. "The Story Of Iceland" is his third release on John Zorn's Tzadik label. "7 NADEs" was noisy and experimental, "Theatre Of Mineral NADEs" was simple and tuneful. "The Story Of Iceland" falls somewhere in between, being very listenable, and yet having it's themes stretched and developed to their full potential. There are no insane noisefests like on "7 NADEs", however. Kang's work is very unique, but some reference points I can offer: Sonic Youth, Phillip Glass, Michael Nyman and Secret Chiefs 3 (with whom he plays).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an absolute masterpiece September 5, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have been holding off writing a review of this album for a long time. I am kind of a recovering Cartesian and I don't want to feel like I didn't do it justice, but upon listening to it again this morning I realized that no review could do it justice, so here goes:

This is an unbelievably good album. From the opening fog-horn-that-evolves-into-cello-tremulo to the yearning weirdness of "10:10", it is thoroughly beautiful and continually evocative of something at once alien and familiar. Kang seems to have drawn inspiration from Medieval alchemy (judging by the cover and his comments elsewhere) but I strongly feel that his Norse ancestors may have had a bigger hand in this than Giordano Bruno et al. The Story of Iceland is insistently trying to tell us a story, something important and epic and involving travels far from home, but in a language that we can't understand. Surprisingly, the listener feels a sense of comfort rather than loss at this failure to communicate.

Another thing - without disparaging any of Kang's other stuff, which all gets five stars from me, Iceland seems to hang together very well. Maybe I should say: it is very listenable. People who don't like weird music say it is interesting and ask to borrow it. The earlier Nades stuff seems more like brilliant madness, whereas Iceland is stately and patient.

I don't think this review does the album or the artist justice at all, but there's nothing I can do about that. This is a marvellous album by an underappreciated master. Buy it and cherish it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mild melting September 30, 2009
By IRate
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Another worthwhile release from the underrated exotic composer does suffer from thematic (itself easily enjoyable) repetition and extended ambiance, but still provides plenty of inspirational, engrossing notes for thought.
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