Tales Of The Inexpressible Import
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Simon Posford's sophomore outing Tales of the Inexpressible follows on from 1999s Are You Shpongled with more post-trance psychedelica. Post is the operative word as, although this latest album enjoys all of the trappings of the genre, unlike many of its contemporaries it manages not to get caught up in a DMT fuelled dead end of either ethnically correct instrumentals or the mind(less)-expanding fractal acid of Goa trance. Posford, again accompanied by ex-Quintessence and talented flautist Raja Ram, is unafraid of live instrumentation but succeeds in fusing these elements seamlessly into synthetic ambience--hence acoustic guitar on the opening "Dorset Perception" and Harry Escot's dub bass on the subsequent "Star Shpongled Banner". Couple this with a confident production style and forays into everything from drum & bass to dub and you have another accomplished album from the Hallucinogenic Soundlabs. --Kingsley Marshall
Top Customer Reviews
The first time you listen to it, their will probably be too many sounds for you to comprehend everything. It was hard for me to understand how the clinkity clankity wet sounding drums could be a part of something so beautiful. Then you understand the lushness and livliness of it all. All of the instruments start to breathe with life. They are all running togather to form such a fantastic and beautiful imaginary world thriving with things that you dream of in you weirdest and deepest dreams. It's like Lord of the Rings on some kinda of mellow crazy super acid. Then, just when you have it all figured out..BOOM!! Simon and Raja take you to a completely foreign land with a culture that you've never heard of, but upon understanding the secret behind Posford's intricate and beautiful sound designs meshing into a bliss once unperceived, you come to understand the culture of the world being portrayed for you. Simon Posford is the god of his unworldy music. This is the first cd that has made me feel that I was not controlling what I was feeling or seeing, but that the composer himself was showing me a secret place and feeling of his own. I advise you to bow down, buy this cd, and travel to new worlds.
I do absolutely love this CD. I am not going to repeat the comments of so many others, though.
The first track, "Dorset Perception" lifts the listener up with a soaring, lovely melody that I really like, a great song, but the album hits one of its peaks with the next track, "Star Shpongled Banner" with its mesmerizing flow, divine vocals, and breathtakingly lovely air to it. Now that is a track.
This album hits a few less-than-spectacular notes in my opinion with tracks 4-6, but it's hard to top the majesty and transcendance of the first two songs anyway. But we're right back at the peak of musical innovation and enjoyment again with "Once Upon The Sea of Blissful Awareness" and "Around the World in a Tea Daze." "Once Upon..." sounds like you might expect it to - a shimmeringly lovely and fragile tune with jaw-dropping vocals that does indeed feel like you're floating upon a sea of blissful awareness." "Around the World..." is so varied, a shifting opus of the forms of electronica, that it's difficult to praise it properly here. Amazingly enough, it never feels haphazard though.
So all in all, this is a great album, perhaps I haven't done it justice, but oh well. If this is your first time listening to Shpongle I would personally recommend the even better "Are You Shpongled?" because it has it less of the world music feel and samples to it than this album, and I don't care as highly for some world music forays as some people do. I do like the world music flourishes Juno Reactor uses, but not so much in other groups' experimentations.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This album is something that comes along maybe once every 10 years. I havent' heard music that makes me tingle, fly, laugh, and dance like this one for more than ten years prior... Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2005 by vij'n
I must admit I had little respect for electronica. Hearing sh*t like BT, Darude, and Oakenfold poisoned my expectations. Read morePublished on Feb. 29 2004 by Justin Smith
Ladies and gentlemen, with "The Lone Deranger" a close second, this is the trippiest CD ever made, and my favorite.
Far better than "Are You Shpongled? Read more
i very much feel sorry for the two reviewers who gave this album one star due to their inability to let go of what they so desperately cling to: namely, their mindset or mode of... Read morePublished on Nov. 30 2003 by mike king
This is one of the greatest albums ever. I thought the first Shpongle album was decent, not great. It had some good moments and some incoherent not good moments. Read morePublished on Nov. 21 2003 by Joe M
Concerning the kid who hated the music: Always download a sample mp3 or two before you buy a CD. The female vocals on track 7 and 8 are great. Read morePublished on Sept. 16 2003
I cannot believe that I wasted money on this garbage. Pure and simple, don't waste your money on hype.Published on Aug. 25 2003