|All India Radio — The Slow Light (April 15th, 2016)|
All India Radio — The Slow Light (April 15th, 2016) Ξ↑Ξ April 2016 CD of the Month: All India Radio’s The Slow Light.
Ξ↑Ξ “Our style has radically changed from our first album in 1999, which in fact was just me solo,” he said. “The band came later, and changed into a more melodic, mainly instrumental, song–based band, rather than an experimental solo trip. But I think the latest album combines the best of both worlds.”
Ξ↑Ξ “One settles in, hits play, is instantly enveloped (opener “Blueshift” seduces a la Floyd’s “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”) and before one knows it finds oneself tripping along inside a tumbling spell of dreamlike evocations and cinematic glimpses as the poor pen does its desperate best to keep pace. These are the most sublime, mindful stupors I believe I’ve ever been in..” Location: Brunswick ~ Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Album release: April 15th, 2016
LABEL: MINTY FRESH
01 Blueshift 2:49
02 Dark Star 4:59
03 Can You Hear the Sound 4:17
04 The Slow Light 4:11
05 Sunburst 4:46
06 Redshift 5:39
07 Galaxy of Light 4:42
08 Twelve 3:49
09 Time 4:00
10 The Embers 2:25
11 Warped Ring Theory (Bonus Track) 5:12
12 Can You Hear the Sound (Chillwave Mix) (Bonus Track) 4:16
Ξ↑Ξ Four years in the making The Slow Light is All India Radio’s tenth studio album. Ξ↑Ξ The Slow Light features artwork by 1960s visionary artist Victor Atkins (who won the 1969 Society of Illustrators Illustrator Award for his striking ‘Miles in The Sky’ Miles Davis LP cover). The Slow Light is the first LP cover Atkins has produced in decades.
Ξ↑Ξ All India Radio’s Martin Kennedy infuses the album’s fuzzy dreamgaze and slow motion beats with “distinctive shadings of Ennio Morricone and Brian Eno” (Magnet magazine) and “the ambient–hop signatures of DJ Shadow, Tortoise and Thievery Corporation. The resulting narcotic musical textures are capable of floating listeners to galaxies far, far away.” (Wired)
Ξ↑Ξ All India Radio’s music has featured in TV series CSI, One Tree Hill, The Lying Game, Bondi Rescue and many more.
Ξ↑Ξ Written and recorded by Martin Kennedy
Ξ↑Ξ Mastered by Simon Polinski at Laundry Goat.
Ξ↑Ξ Selena Cross — lead vocals on Can You Hear the Sound and vocal atmospheres on Sunburst, Twelve.
Ξ↑Ξ Hollie Houlihan–McKie — lead vocals on Galaxy of Light
Ξ↑Ξ Martin Kennedy — backing vocals on Galaxy of Light
Ξ↑Ξ Acoustic guitar on Sunburst courtesy of Studio Pros.
Ξ↑Ξ Album art by Victor Atkins
Ξ↑Ξ Thanks to everyone who has supported and encouraged me.
Written by: Dave Cantrell
Jen Dan, APRIL 10, 2016; Score: 8.4
Ξ↑Ξ Martin Kennedy, the masterful, mind–expanding musical mastermind behind All India Radio has once again crafted a master (mood) piece with his 10th studio album The Slow Light which will radiate worldwide on April 15th. It will be available for purchase via Minty Fresh in the U.S. and Canada and can also be accessed on iTunes and directly at All India Radio’s BandCamp site.
Ξ↑Ξ Kennedy has skillfully and subtly blended the soporific drop of down–tempo trip–hop with the drift of dreamgaze reveries and the shadowside of Western American noir throughout The Slow Light. The gently breaking dawn starts with entrancing album–opener “Blueshift”. Starlight synths transmit delicately spacey waves while languid reverb guitar lines unfurl at a meditative pace. The stage has been set for next number “Dark Star” (It’s difficult not to think of David Bowie when seeing those words!) to shine in all of its noir splendor. A touch of static, quickly ticking drumsticks, and a steadily shuffling beat are accompanied by reflective, echoed piano notes and a deeper current of synths. The drum tempo shifts into a kinetic rhythm for a brief moment, while shining reverb guitar lines loop out from the marching drum pattern.
Ξ↑Ξ A pulsing, bass line–like beat presses persistently through “Can You Hear The Sound”, as well as the percolation of tapped cymbals and flat–smacked drums. Vibrating guitar reverb slides into a gauzy web of lightly chiming acoustic guitar lines and gently swooping synths. Vocalist Selena Cross materializes from the instrumental ether, softly singing “Listen / Can you hear the sound of nothing but the air / and the sky and the Earth / and the stars and the universe?” This key lyrics passage pretty much sums up The Slow Light’s state of mind and sound. Meanwhile, the transfixing title track floats in the (head)space of a deliberate trip–hop beat, a patina of static, and glowing synth notes. Faintly–heard, knob–twiddling radio frequency notes emerge fleetingly, but are shooed mildly away by the leisurely fall and rise of curving guitar lines and synth drift.
Ξ↑Ξ Phased globular notes punctuate the laid–back “Sunburst” as a slow beat and clacking and shimmering percussion, acoustic guitar gleam, and wordless, echoed hums and sighs from Cross run through the track. “Redshift” segues into a soul–pop shimmy, dancing along furtively with a burnished, shuffling rhythmic groove and bass line undertow. Little licks of electric–blue guitar are backed by the deeper pulls of symphonic strings, and passionate, yet restrained piano notes.
Ξ↑Ξ Kennedy’s 12 year old daughter, Hollie Houlihan–McKie, makes her delightful vocal debut on “Galaxy of Light”, singing in an airy, sweet tone amid super–sustained synth strings, twisting reverb guitar lines, and a more upbeat drum pace. Houlihan–McKie’s voice is reminiscent of Rose Berlin, the daughter of Dean Garcia (of Curve), who fronts her father’s music project SPC ECO. The tenderly haunting “Twelve” brings back the measured trip–hop beat and adds to the mix the shiver of drawn violin lines, the breath of wistful woodwinds, strummed acoustic guitar, and reflective piano notes.
Ξ↑Ξ “Time” begins with a fast–ticking tap and then increases in intensity with a pressing, Motorik tempo, bass line push, and highly processed and reverberating spoken word by Cross. It may just be the fastest and most urgent All India Radio composition ever, at least in its BPM! The Slow Light ends with “The Embers” as the slowly fading, synths–created dawn draws to a close and gently dissipates into the shadows.
↑ The Inevitable (1999)
↑ 002 (2001)
↑ All India Radio (2003)
↑ Permanent Evolutions (2005) remixes and film music
↑ Echo Other (2006)
↑ Fall (2007)
↑ Fallout (2007) Fall remixes
↑ Film Musik (2008)
↑ These Winter Dreams (2008)
↑ A Low High (2009)
↑ Piano and Ambience (2010) with Josh Roydhouse
↑ The Silent Surf (2011)
↑ Red Shadow Landing (2012)
↑ The Silent (2013) The Silent Surf remixes
↑ The Rare Earth (soundtrack) (2014) with Martin Kennedy and Steve Kilbey
↑ The Slow Light (2016)↑↑↑↑↑_____________________________________________________↑↑↑↑↑
|All India Radio — The Slow Light (April 15th, 2016)|