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Dusty Rainbow From The Dark CD


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  • Audio CD (Sept. 25 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Distribution Select (Music)
  • ASIN: B008JFQKG6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,301 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Wax Tailor established his reputation in just a few years as one of the leading voices of the post hip-hop and downtempo scenes. Returning with the concept album, Dusty Rainbow From The Dark, the French producer gives us a musical tale inspired in large part by the enchanted world of childhood. His fourth long player is also a charming allegory on the escapist power of music. Narrated by the legendary voice of Don McCorkindale (Radio BBC's The Avengers), featuring the likes of Aloe Blacc, Shana Halligan (Bitter:Sweet), Jennifer Charles (Dan The Automator's Lovage), as well as past collaborators Charlotte Savary, Sara Genn, Mattic, A.S.M, this multicolored fable with an international cast takes us on a wandering path through psychedelic downtempo and baroque hip-hop, to create an album that is at once modern and timeless.

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By RIGGER1 TOP 100 REVIEWER on Nov. 23 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The shame about this album is very few people will ever hear it! Good for you friendly reader to EVEN know who Wax Tailor is!! This album is pretty much the most original, diverse, creative release I've heard in at least a decade. Trust me, I listen to so much music you wouldn't possibly believe me! Anyways, this is a movie soundtrack, it's a children's story book, it's a hip hop album, it's a jazz album, it's a chill/ downtempo album, etc. I don't know how to EVEN explain the dynamics going on in this project! PLEASE do yourself a favour and buy this album, your life will actually be a little better after hearing it!! It's full on mad scientist GENIUS!!! Don't be shy either, tell others because they need to hear it too.. ENJOY!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
More than just a concept album Jan. 20 2013
By Evan Henley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Evidenced by his heavily collaborative trip-hop sobriquet Wax Tailor, Jean-Christophe Le Saoût knows how to spin a spectacular story. Dusty Rainbow`s supernatural diversions call to mind Le Saoût's mother culture of French Cinema so convincingly that I'd bat nary a lash if I encountered a short film adaptation by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, starring Audrey Tatou as the sly mother. Of course it comes as no surprise that nearly half of the tracks on Dusty Rainbow feature guest artists. These include a number of old friends such as the quivering Charlotte Savary, hip-hop troupe A.S.M, and French MC Mattic (who's Facebook page made me laugh: "The multi-talented MC describes his `Past Futuristic Rhyme Animal' style as a futuristic voyage through the past [uhh???]...he crafts many worlds within his music that is replete with samples and magical rhymes"). Well, his "magical" rhymes are certainly right at home in Dusty Rainbow. Making their Waxy debut are Elysian Fields' knee-weakening Jennifer Charles, and Detroit's Elzhi alongside the holy moly luscious Akua Naru.

Let's forget about the narrative for a moment. Featuring solid pop jams like the sensuous, quasi-Flamenco "Only Once," the funky mambo-groove "Heart Stop," and the soul-meltingly retro "My Window," Dusty Rainbow excels in terms of pure musical aesthetics. Wielding his preferred compositional tools--frequent sampling, cascading orchestral textures, and intricate, cross-genre rhythmic underpinnings--Wax Tailor crafts an album whose 56-odd minutes pack a parsimonious punch.

In many ways, it's a synesthetic trip, with masterfully coordinated music and lyrics. The track entitled No paints the boy's stubborn sleeplessness with a lazy, down-tempo groove and haunting, muted vocals, while the orchestral backdrop comprises a grumpy cello, muted trumpets, trombone slides, and sparse, heavy bass. Sympathetic violins cry out in No Regret (I can't help but point out the similarity to the Dexter closing theme). In Phonovisions, the boy hears and tastes colors as he imagines a rainbow of music curling out of his turntable. It's fairy-tale music, a madrigalian canvas of glissandos and crescendos, reminiscent of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf.

At first glance, the storyline may seem like a take-it-or-leave-it affair. Dusty Rainbow`s 12 "pop" tracks are duplicitously crafted to function both within the narrative and as stand-alone numbers. But if you find yourself itching for more meaning and you have the time, go ahead and listen closely to the lyrics. It'll be worth it.

That said, following the story helped me to recognize the album's biggest shortcoming. The emotional apex occurs following these lines:

He closed his eyes and felt his feelings rise,
A lifelong sadness enveloped him.
And in its wrapping, all his longing, all his heartache emerged,
and he was not alone...

If that's not an impressive setup to a song, I don't know what is. But that potential is what makes the next track, the virtually lifeless Down in Flames, so disappointing. The lyrics are cliché and overly sentimental, with groan-inducing lines like: "laugh and the world laughs with you, cry and you cry alone/you'll never die of loneliness if loneliness is all you know." Musically, there is little to no trajectory to the song; skipping to random points in the track and noting the similarity is proof enough. Following a seemingly pointless development, the eye-rolling refrain makes its uninspired return, copy-pasted to the end. The track causes me far more heartache than catharsis.

Wax Tailor's narrative albums are destined to polarize critics. In some ways, I agree with the nay-sayers: I, too, don't always want to dote on a banal story of childlike wonder. But Dusty Rainbows is more than just a predictable picture book adventure; there's something here for everyone, regardless of disposition. I say, if the story is a necessary artistic springboard for such a diverse spectrum of quality tracks, then hey, I'm down to try a little banal.

4.5/5
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
One of the funnest listens Aug. 13 2013
By Brian - Published on Amazon.com
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First off, apologies for I am not a music snob. I just aspire to be. I don't have a 1,000 word review for you hear dissecting each song's nuances.

I listen to a lot of different genres but prefer those inspired by EDM. I don't know how to pin this album down, which may be the beauty of it. It is a combination of a vocal narrative, vocals, instruments, electronic elements and a fair amount of samples (many of them vintage sounding).

It sounds like a remix of a 70's fusion concept album to me. It's refreshing to hear something different, so I say - worth the download. Plus if you are a hipster, I really doubt many people have heard of Wax Tailor, so you can reply when asked what this is "some obscure group you have probably never heard of"
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Strong Concept and Story Album for fans of turntablism and sampling Nov. 27 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
French producer Wax Tailor (Jean-Christophe Le Saoût) is known for his ability to construct complex and moody compositions and stories with samples from classic film. His work also features unique arrangements and collaborations with strong vocal talent. Dusty Rainbow from the Dark is a story (possibly autobiographical?), co-written with Sara Genn, about a boy discovering solace from melancholy in the words of his mother and a collection of records. In concept, it feels a bit like an introverted Really Rosie, a collaboration between Carol King and Maurice Sendak. Both explore childhood imagination from different perspectives.

The overall mood of the album can be a bit of a downer. The dusty rainbow of the title is more of a coping mechanism than an escape from sadness. The explicit English vocal narration is intrusive at parts, but helps to tie the album together more strongly than other concept albums on my iPod such as Kate Bush's Aerial or Janelle Monae's Archandroid. The CD comes with a bonus CD of instrumental tracks if you just want to listen to Wax Tailor's composition, and Heart Stop and Time to Go are reprised with radio-friendly edits.

Heart Stop (feat. Jennifer Charles) and Time To Go (feat. Aloe Blacc) are the "radio-friendly" collaborations with earworm-food beats and smooth vocal performances. Long-time collaborator Charlotte Savary (a personal favorite) contributes vocals to Dusty Rainbow, an unsettling and syncopated composition. Ali Harter, Mattic, and multiple other guest vocalists also contribute.

No; Past, Present, & Future (Rock 'n' Roll); and Phonovisions are Wax Tailor's trademark sound collages. The range of his sampling library is heavy on vintage movie dialogue, orchestral, and jazz instrumentation. He's extremely skilled at finding just the right vocal clip to establish both mood and narrative, and he can weave them together in a form of musical dialogue.

If you're already a Wax Tailor fan, this album is a very good one. If you're not already a fan of his style, some of his earlier work might be a better entry point. The overall mood and use of narrator in this album may or may not be something you like. If you're buying downloads a la carte, Heart Stop; Time to Go; and Past, Present, & Future (Rock 'n' Roll) are worth considering.

The CD version includes artwork, extensive liner notes and lyrics, the story narration in English and French, and a bonus CD of instrumental versions.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Funky and different! Jan. 18 2013
By Jennie - Published on Amazon.com
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I heard one song, and I was hooked!! I bought the album and Im glad I did! It sounds a little like "Hive" but different! Funky,cool,calm and I love to heat it when Im working!! A+!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Play it again, mon Dec 3 2012
By Michael Carson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I am a late-comer to Wax Tailor. First time through the CD, I thought "good" but not spectacular. Second play, augmented by a listen to the instrumental CD that accompanies it, my appreciation increased markedly. So much so that I order another of his albums.

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