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This is the debut EP from Boston-based duo, Jupiter 88. Jupiter 88 is a genre-defying group that seemlessly blends elements of hip-hop, pop music, avant garde sound creations and contemporary classical music.
Jupiter 88 consists of piano, cello, soprano sax, voice, percussion, tape loops, drum programming and electronics.
It draws inspiration from trip-hop/illbient beats; modern composers such as Philip Glass, Steve Reich and John Cage; magnetic tape pioneers of the 50's and 60's especially Luciano Berio and Ilhan Mimaroglu; jazz musicians like Steve Lacy; and contemporary artists from DJ Shadow and Portishead to the Rachel's.
From the Label
When seeing the name "Jupiter 88" you may think, "Here comes another power-pop band with a trendy, futuristic name." Not so in this case. J 88 cannot be labeled... they're not pop, not trendy, and not boring. Jupiter 88 is thought provoking, unique, and most importantly, a sound of the near future. This self titled first effort is a huge wave, which could easily crash down hard on the beach of radio friendly assembly line rock and hopefully wash it all away. Putting the CD in and pushing play begins "Shape of the mouth", a perfect blend of dialog and musical minimalism. The string/saxophone arrangements cry out a story that holds your attention like a classic novel. Monica Garcia's soprano vocal is a haunting outro cascading the song into a space of infinite distance. "A Story..." captures the traditional "stream of conciousness" vocal style that the Butthole Surfers and Flash in the Pan have done so well in the past. Darla Villani successfully takes this to a new leve! l making it intense, memorable and addictive. "For the sake of flying" contains masterful string arrangements which remind me of the Beatles. "Dissolve", a bouncy groove, could easily be a radio hit. (Why don't I hear this in daily, local rotation?) Hooky and fulfilling, this could be a dance club favorite. Using a sample of a door opening and squeeking, "Was it you" contains some of the most original, percussive ideas I have heard in a long time. Ideas like these made artists like the Beatles, Pink Floyd, and Robert Fripp legendary. MacDonald and Villani display this masterfully. the next piece is very visual for me. "Time to be" paints the picture of a clumsy man on a peaceful path leading to a very uncomfortable place where he is briefly stopped. With the conclusion of the tune, a skipping loop developes the picture into a walk in the sun. Ending the CD perfectly, "A string arrangement with DJ Vitamin" haunts you with a brilliant string arrangement laced with darkly humorou! s samples. The mixture elevates the tune to a frightening c! olor as they leave you with "He hallucinates" as the closing sampled statement. Hopefully this CD is the first of many from Boston's Jupiter 88. When musicians break new ground and remain committed in their quest for originality, you hear exactly what is on this CD... reality, originality, poetry, creativity and above all... music. - Instant MagazineSee all Editorial Reviews
Top Customer Reviews
Jupiter 88's self titled was just a warm up for RedGo. Enjoy.
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