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Amon Tobin - Bloodstone

Amon Tobin Bloodstone
Amon Tobin - Bloodstone
(download-only) Ninja Tune ZENDLS190, 2007-01-22

Tracklisting :
01. Bloodstone
02. Esther's
03. Here Comes The Moon (Bonus track)

12" Artwork:

Promo CD artwork :
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Press Release :
Genius of noise manipulation and uncompromising musical auteur, Amon Tobin will shortly be releasing his new album for Ninja Tune, "Foley Room". For this new project Amon and a team of assistants headed out into the streets with high sensitivity microphones and recorded found sounds from tigers roaring to cats eating rats, neighbours singing in the bath to ants eating grass. Tobin then took this wealth of source material and twisted it round into the haunting, muscular music you can hear for the first time here.

"Bloodstone" begins life as a disturbing waltz, before the dirtiest, most foul-smelling and obnoxious vortex of a beat stomps all over that and the whole builds to a constantly deferred orchestral finale apparently built from tune ups. The strings in this piece are provided by the world famous Kronos Quartet, recorded in San Francisco with Amon.

"Esthers" plays games with the surf music tradition of including motorbike noises as surrogate basslines, though in Amon’s case the surf guitar sound is filled out with an extra layer of wasps, whereas the motorbike is given the kind of sub-frequencies that make it sound like Satan’s idea of a good ride. It’s worth noting here that one of the common threads of "Foley Room" is what Amon describes as "the pairing of sounds that share a sonic quality despite being otherwise unrelated".

"Here Comes The Moon Man" (not included on the album), is in some ways the most relaxed of the three – devotional spiritual music built from industrial remains and scrap metal. It is adapted from part of the score to "Taxedermia," an avant garde Hungarian film that Tobin soundtracked whilst also working on "Foley Room".

A marvellous introduction to the latest stage in Amon Tobin’s brutal, beautiful musical development, the release of "Foley Room" will be accompanied by a DVD documentary showing the full story of how this remarkable record was made.


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Francho Francho ·  09 November 2006, 16:06

I need this right nowwwwwwwwwww!!!!

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