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Thessalonians - Soulcraft MP3

Performer:

Thessalonians

Title:

Soulcraft

Genre:

Electronic

MP3 album size:

2092 mb

Label:

Silent

Rating:

4.7

Style:

Experimental, Ambient

Country:

US

Date of release:

1993

Catalog:

SR9334

Thessalonians - Soulcraft MP3

Tracklist

1Astronaut Voices5:08
2Poverty And Solitude5:33
3Absolute Equinox9:37
4Shellac5:35
5Be Here Now (707 Mix)
Lyrics By – Don Falcone
4:59
6Be Here Now (Red Devil Mix)
Lyrics By – Don Falcone
4:54
7Liquid Legs8:14
8Serious Ancient Rhythm (Blood Red Crescent Moon Mix)6:37
9Soulcraft (Astral Mix)
Written-By – Kim Cascone
6:35

Credits

  • Bass Guitar, Percussion, Drum MachineDavid James
  • Effects [PC], Sampler, VoicePaul Neyrinck
  • Percussion [Hand Percussion], CongasDoug Murdock
  • Producer, Mixed By, Sampler, Effects [Studio Effects]Kim Cascone
  • SynthesizerDon Falcone
  • Tabla, Percussion [Hand Percussion], Effects [Shortwave], SamplerLarry Thrasher
  • Written-ByThessalonians

Notes

Recorded and mixed 1990 through 1992 at Sergays Recording Emporium and Jhopdi Studios.

Barcodes

  • Barcode: 753443933427

Companies

  • Recorded At – Sergays Recording Emporium
  • Mixed At – Sergays Recording Emporium
  • Recorded At – Jhopdi Studios
  • Mixed At – Jhopdi Studios

Rollers from Abdun
From a far distant galaxy… Thessalonians are a musical collective dedicated to exploring spiritual disciplines within sound. This is ambient music with content and meaning; aural sculpture that blends layer upon layer, cross fertilizing ancient acoustics with contemporary technological sounds. ‘Liquid Legs’ is both timeless and ahead of its time. Driven by the tabla, it pulses with a shimmering energy. ‘Be Here Now (Red devils mix)’ is a drum laden, charging track like the devotional chants of whirling dervishes, until it ends, abruptly, leaving you exactly where you least expected to be. The most exhilarating noise comes from the track ‘Soulcraft’ - mysterious winding chimes, accompanied by the whirls and clicks of dolphins, calmly guide the soul as it leaves the body after death. This is music to bask in. A relaxed, tranquil soundtrack for an harmonious multi-disciplinary World culture.

(written and published 1993)
Rude
Thessalonians seemed to have disappeared right after this, and what a pity. At the height of the early nineties ambient renaissance came this very acoutstic
and slow paced release which does not really seem to relate to much of what is called "ambient" music. It does its own thing as far as I can see. And it does
it very very well....

The opener is nearly ten minutes of gentle sub-continent percussion and unintelligible whispering and this basically is a primer for the rest of the
record. Plus it has a very cool, Boards Of Canadaesque, title "Absolute Equinox"

The second track, "Astronaut Voices," brings to mind The Anubian Lights' track "Outer Space Music" at first but the incompleteness of the drone/melody and odd
percussion place it somewhere rather different.

Track 3, "Shellac" is easily the most disurbing piece on "Soulcraft". What sounds like a lonely heavymetal guitarist thrashing away in a warehouse is
submerged in goopy samples and floating taunting laughter.

Liquid Legs (Track 4) is just 8 minutes of noise. Sorta like one looooong strings based pad.

Then follows "Serious Ancient Rhythm (Blood Red Crescent Moon Mix)" and it does quite effectively deliver that image to me. In the jungle, around a campfire,
sitting in silence a blood red crescent moon overhead. Complex understated drumming and cicada-like samples here.

"Poverty and Solitude" (Track 6) is one of the strongest outings. Yes, by now "Soulcraft" is starting to sound samey. But this one is a little bit different. That distinct percussion is here again, but this time it backs up a old-film-score organ and weirdly looped vocal samples. And to top it off a woman's voice chimes in at irregular points with the single word "poverty".

To me it is Track 7 though that justifies the entry price alone."Be Here Now (Red Devil Mix)" is an awesome relentless piece of music. The percussion takes centre stage here and for the only time on the record. It is backed by an organ following in time, some heavy chimes, very quiet choral samples and whispered samples that say, among other things, "sway" and "be here now". This song still stops me dead.

The penultimate track of Soulcraft is "Soulcraft" and it sounds very much like the aimlessness of FSOL and is nothing too remarkable.

The final track "Be Here Now (Astral Mix)" has none of the power of its previous iteration. This is a nice enough closer, it moves very slowly through the album's main themes (sans percussion). This too sounds quite like early FSOL to my ear.

One disappointing thing about Thessalonians is that, though they can make incredible sounds, they can't write a song. None of these tracks really goes anywhere.

So there you go, a little review of a forgotten gem.

Thessalonians "Soulcraft": bloody good!

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