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Star's End: Kwook SKYWAVE review
« on: May 02, 2008, 08:24:45 AM »
This just in. Review of Kwook: Skywave (Blue Oasis),
and some tracks this weekend on Star's End radio.

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At first, it's hard to say why SKYWAVE (57'47"), the CD by Kwook,
sounds so nostalgic. Is it the occasional Mellotron sound? The
buzzing lead lines or sweeping synth pads? Or just the overall
electronic aura that seems to engulf this album? All of these
qualities (as well as a hint of IDM beats) and more make for a
captivating release. But it's more the positive attitude of this artist
that gives his music its nostalgic feel than any riff or melody.
Comprised of subtle yet beautifully varied tracks SKYWAVE
glows in transfixing simplicity. The piece "Sunspots" is a
standout. With its catchy bassline and melodious flute, it
produces an ample amount of momentum and intrigue. A
common thread throughout is the insertion of squelchy
short-wave radio fragments. These lost communications add the
sensation of floating through the ether and are used to great
effect in the lengthy title piece, which spans three tracks at the
end of the disc. Our friend Kwook believes that "sound is a
playground". His inventive approach, full of joy and clarity, makes
the journey new.

Tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for music from SKYWAVE
by Kwook

Chuck van Zyl - Star's End
http://www.starsend.org

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Kwook album details & samples:
http://www.dataobscura.com/proddetail.php?prod=BOCD-003

There is also a full track on the Radio page:
http://www.dataobscura.com/radio.php

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Re: Star's End: Kwook SKYWAVE review
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2008, 06:50:07 AM »
What a nice review.  Looking forward in hearing it.