FLANGER - SPIRITUALS (CD)


"This new Flanger album is all about re-imagining a period when music was still playful in itself - because back then, there was just no reason to be too serious about it. Back then, people would come to call their songs Spirituals, for their inspiration to sing and play them came from above and would leave them in high spirits. Which was all the more reason to sing and play their songs. As Atom TM, one of the two main players behind the Flanger project, put it, Spirituals goes back to a time when "music was recorded in an almost documentary manner, when such things as "production" and recording techniques and technology did not yet exist - and therefore did not influence the nature of the musical creation itself. one could define it as a musically naive period. historically the last time music contained something like an immaculate, innocent spirit." It is this spirit which AtomT and his long-time Flanger comrade, Burnt Friedman, are trying to catch. Only that it's nearly a century onward, and they are doing it their own global way. Over the last three years, both have recorded material, sending their efforts back and forth electronically between their studios in Santiago de Chile and Cologne de Germany. All the while, both kept touring the world with their diverse musical projects, always carrying their mobile recording units along to have musicians from many corners of the world play with them. Much like the fin-de-siecle researchers who recorded the first Spirituals. Only that afterwards, both would bend the recorded material, give it a little twist to this side and that - be playful just like in the olden days, but with the use of modern instruments. This album is not about re-constructing endless virtuoso solos via mere knob-twiddling. With Spirituals, Flanger first of all want to explore and relive the emotional sides of this jazz-before-jazz, its moods and sentiments. As Friedman points out, the album may very well be seen as "the restoration of a lost sensibility"." (label info)
in stock | DE| 2005| NONPLACE | 8.90


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