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  • Audio CD (Aug. 1 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Twisted
  • ASIN: B00005JD7I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
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1. Dorset Perception
2. StarShpongled Banner
3. A New Way To Say Hooray!
4. Room 23
5. My Head Feels Like A Frisbee
6. Shpongleyes
7. Once Upon the Sea of Blissful Awareness
8. Around The World In A Tea Daze
9. Flute Fruit

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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

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Format: Audio CD
Tales of The Inexpressible sounds exactly like you would imagine. It is a soundscape of anything and everything, bashing against eachother, seemingly incoherent at first, but after a couple of listens the attentive ear will notice that the sounds which clash against eacother are actually a part of a great scheme that is.....well.....inexpressible.
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.
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Ok I'll tell you why this cd is worth 5 stars, why its worth a pound of gold, why its worth your life... besides it being LITERALLY completely original and one of the top 10 albums ever made in the whole universe in all time, trying to explain it in earthly erms, i would say theres MANY more influences since their last album, many more real intruments instead of mostly electronic, and oh, besides being a much better true replacement for a thousand pounds a mushrooms for a lifetime, its THE most spiritual ethnic worldy ambient psychadelic trance treat from GOD himself youll ever hear in the whole history and future of this earth... NO ONE, i repeat NO ONE i know who has heard this, even tho how narrow minded they have been in absorbed in ANY style of certain music, has ever not been blown away by this! GOD has returned to earth! and he made this album just as a treat for the few who know...
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...And The Day Turned To Night is one of my all time favorite musical passages ever written. And just so happens to be written by Shpongle.
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.
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Look no further. Shpongle's first album, "Are You Shpongled," took me by complete surprise. It showed me that trance music, a genre I'd had little interest in prior, could actually be musical and inspiration-provoking. This album picks up where that one left off and goes in a slightly more upbeat direction.
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.
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Shpongle designs sounds to pet your brain. "Star Shpongled Banner" is a hauntingly melodious track with the kind of vocal that an oak tree would emit if it could sing. "Around the World in a Tea Daze" is an elegant masterpiece of opera/electronic music fusion. I say "electronic music" even though the term is too vague to be useful. "Around the World in a Tea Daze" hops around from quasi drum n' bass at the beginning to downtempo to more trancy goa, and from Opera to Middle-Eastern vocals back to Opera - seamlessly. Nothing forced and nothing short of brilliant.
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.
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