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Brocade [Import]

Landing Audio CD

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Reverting inward after some of their sunny travels into headspace, Brocade touches on early Krautrock rhythms while delving into traditional psychedelic ambient music. Barring a few instrumental overdubs, Brocade was performed live in the studio, resulting in an airy sort of freedom not felt since the gauzy bliss-out improvisation captured on Fade In/Fade Out or moments from their 2nd album Oceanless

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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Weaving Together Something Different Nov. 18 2012
By kabalabonga - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Missing the older transcendent boundaries that helped chart the dimensions of their musical universe, "Brocade" nevertheless has some striking elements to recommend it, but with the exception of "Yon", "Brocade" doesn't revisit the heavily-processed, bathed-in-effects sort of gauzy sound that defined "Circuit"' "Oceanless", and "Fade In Fade Out", recordings that put a real sense of spatial elongation in space rock. The direction that Landing have taken on "Brocade" almost resembles a sampler, from the conveyor-belt motorik that is the driving force behind "Loft" to the aggressively swirling shoegaze of "How To Be Clear" , and the aptly-titled "Music For Three Synthesizers" (intriguing, but a bit removed from the path to whirling, levitational bouyancy they have chosen to pursue in the past). Only "Spiral Arms" joins "Yon" as a track that has an obvious antecedent; it sounds as if it 's one of their more conventional efforts at composing a song that nevertheless finds room to occasionally nestle in a bed of ambience. Round this one up to a 3.5, and if you're a diehard Landing fan, this definitely is a keeper, though if you're approaching them or the first time you might want to start with their oldest material first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars creates a space where you can wander with intensity Dec 10 2005
By Aquarius Records - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
As Brocade begins you are immediately greeted with a repetitious krautrock line reminiscent of both Neu! and Can. From the immediacy of that sweeping hook, they take themselves into sounds that begin to start moving through the sky. Like an instrumental early 4AD record you always imagined in your head. Their ability to slow down and change time creates a space where you can wander with intensity. They let you look at that one thing for so long and with so much devotion you begin to start seeing the bigger picture just by the magnification of one sound, one idea, one deep focus. Landing want to see how close they can get to the sky -- they feel wind shake them -- sun blast them -- air refresh them. Highly recommended!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A trippy tapestry Nov. 24 2005
By somethingexcellent - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Certain types of music have long had general associations attached to them. Back when I was in college, my roommate and I were both really into electronic music (we both started getting listening around the early heydays of Warp Records and Plus 8), and on more than on occasion, when someone entered our room (which were admittedly usually decorated in strange ways as well), they would say, "you guys must do a lot of drugs" (oddly enough, neither of us did). For awhile, these responses amused us, but at a certain point they became a bit annoying as well.

I suppose the above statement is a bit of a roundabout way of wondering whether certain bands ever get annoyed with being coupled with certain associations (such as taking drugs), and the space rock genre in general (including Landing) have certainly gotten mixed into this category. Heck, you could go back to Pink Floyd and even further if you want to talk about bands where people have said that taking drugs not only helps in the enjoyment of the music, but is needed.

Anyway, on to Brocade, which is the seventh full-length release from Landing in seven years. After a couple albums on K Records, the prolific group (they've also released a couple EPs in that time period) finds themselves returning to the Strange Attractors label with their newest release, which finds founding member Dick Baldwin replaced by friend and tour mate Peter Baumann. The result is another tripped-out batch of five songs that run nearly an hour in length.

Recorded mostly live in the studio with a couple overdubs, Brocade has a warm feel that adds the the effect of the music quite nicely. Opener "Loft" locks into an almost krauty groove right from the start and the group layers short guitar arpeggios and some gurgles of synth into a tightly-wound jame while "Yon" mixes some female vocals into a dense, swirling fog of e-bowed guitar and synth washes. "Spiral Arms" mixes multiple guitar parts (some more e-bow, some strummed melodies) along with windswept synths and chimes that all sort of blend together into an appealing, if somewhat unfocused whole.

If the previous track was unfocused, then the growling, overdriven "How To Be Clean" is easily the most straightforward, with just over four minutes of fairly generic, fuzzy rock that pretty much dissolves into complete mud by the end. On the seventeen minute closer "Music For Three Synthesizers," it's back off into space-out land, with a track that's exactly as the title states. The sparse track brings to mind the sparse ambient work of Brian Eno, but mimics almost the exact feel of "Cliffs" by Aphex Twin (from Selected Ambient Works Volume 2) with similar structure and melody but different sounds. If you like Landing, you're probably not going to go wrong with Brocade, but there are other releases I still much prefer in this genre (Yume Bitsu still gets my vote as one of the best ever).

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