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.
The follow up doesn't quite beat the first's outstanding assortment but instead introduces itself with something a little different. Yet on a similar theme.
The flute is there working fantastically with the crazed drum rhythms and samples. All blended into something you haven't heard before. Let alone dreamed of. And for the first time vocals (actual singing) are used. To great effect I must add because Once Upon the Sea of Blissful Awareness is Shpongle's crowning achievement. Ethereal and heavenly only begin to describe how I feel during its run time. Beautifully written and structured. Incredibly sensual.
You can tell that so much care and attention has gone into this collection. Each passage and section stunningly crafted. With new discoveries floating up on each new listen.
I'm always amazed at how they can blend so many textures, layers and sounds yet keep each one sounding crisp and clear. Completely un-muddled and melodic. Technically outstanding. Sonically way ahead of their game.
There's a few musical artists out there who indeed, sound like no other. Music that you'll hear no where else. And no matter how hard you look you'll never find a comparative companion to it. They are unique.
Like the first, it includes the Indian flute on many songs, as well as the cutting-edge and unique sound design that Simon Posford (the man behind Shpongle) has become known for. This is a guy who's not content to just copy-and-paste a beat for 5 minutes and sprinlke some acid-sounding synth lines in. He's applying real musicianship and thought to his arrangements, with a variety of unique sounds and textures, flying in bizarre samples, and crafting grooves that really work within the context of the song.
If you're an electronic musician, or if you just like music that reaches to a higher level, and if you've grown weary of the flavor-of-the-day electronic scene, give Shpongle a listen before you give up altogether on on the genre.
The music is, of course, psychedelic, so don't buy it if you lack imagination (like that one reviewer who called it junk did). But, since you're on this page, you were probably checking out Simon Posford's psytrance alterego, Hallucinogen, or scoping out the more industrial Juno Reactor, or investigating Doof or Man With No Name, so I'm sure you have plenty of imagination.
If you are looking for beauty, I guarantee you've found it in Shpongle's Tales of the Inexpressible. If you are looking for new-sounding instrumentation and novel high-tech sounds, you've found it here, too. Looking for some Latin influences or some Middle-Eastern sounds and some straight-up unique musical blends? Look no further than Shpongle. Looking for trippy stuff? Found it. Looking for quality music in general? Again, this is it.
To give you a better idea of where I am coing from...I listen to trance mostly, from epic to desert to psychedelic to progressive. In addition to my taste for trance, I listen to progressive house, and like breaks, and I count Dave Seaman, Nick Warren, John Digweed, Adam Freeland, and Sandra Collins among my favorite DJ's.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
That said, I think I've come to like this album a little less than Shpongle's other magnificent opus, "Are You Shpongled? Read morePublished on May 23 2004 by Alexiel
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
I can't say that I am a big fan of "normal" trance, like Simon Posford's other project, Hallucinogen. It just always seems somewhat repetitive. Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2004 by DaMitree
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
I love this CD but would never consider it goa or psy-trance. This is much more closely related to house and downtempo, if you were to genre-tag it. Read morePublished on Oct. 14 2003 by Chris Donnermeyer
How many things in the world truly live up to the hype surrounding them? Here are a few: snorkeling in Hawaii, Tivo, and Tales of the Inexpressible. Read morePublished on Sept. 23 2003