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CD release: Saul Stokes - Villa Galaxia
« on: May 20, 2008, 04:41:04 PM »
Always one of the most popular artists on the Hypnos and Binary labels through the years, Saul Stokes is also one we've been very proud to "launch" into the ambient/electronica world.

His latest album, Villa Galaxia, will be released cooperatively by Binary and Saul's own imprint Stokesmusic, in mid 2008.



We'll have more information, including a track listing, fairly soon.
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Re: Upcoming CD release: Saul Stokes - Villa Galaxia
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2008, 05:39:09 PM »
So excited about this one...

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Re: Upcoming CD release: Saul Stokes - Villa Galaxia
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2008, 02:50:54 PM »
Something new from Saul is always a welcome surprise...looking forward to this one!


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Re: CD release: Saul Stokes - Villa Galaxia
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2008, 11:16:35 AM »
Vapor Trails and, Night Painting especially, for me, are wonderful, wonderful tracks.

I love this album. You have a new fan, Saul. Thank you for this great work.

Your music is the feeling of scaling to greater heights from deep in a green grassy valley. Open, fresh evening air. Multiple dimensions and possibilities of existence flickering in and out like a great flux in the multiverse. It feels strident. Somehow aware of what the cosmos means. The electrical impulses are all heightened.

My amateur attempt at some poetry to describe the emotions it conjures in me. Again, thank you!

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Re: CD release: Saul Stokes - Villa Galaxia
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2008, 04:23:13 PM »
Here's the review from Vital Weekly, by Frans DeWaard:

"Rhythm plays an important role in the music of Stokes, but as
 noted with his previous release, 'Vast'
 (Vital Weekly 519), Stokes is not the man to play click and cut
 rhythms with some shady ambient sauce. Both the rhythm and the
 synthesizers are on par with eachother - they are equally important to
 him. Stokes himself says that is strips 'away any notion of ambient
 drone or chill out labeling', but I may not entirely agree with him
 there. This music certainly owes much to the ambient house genre of
 more than a decade ago, even when his beats are not strictly four to
 the floor affairs. His beats support the music, and the music support
 the beats, and his rhythms are more complex than simple dance floor
 beats, yet nevertheless they are reminiscent that. Not that it really
 matters - in ambient music (with or without rhythm) there hasn't been
 much innovation, and it doesn't come through the music of Stokes
 either. I didn't expect that. This is music that should be valued
 inside its genre and as such Stokes plays some mighty pleasant pieces
 music. Music to relax by, while tapping your feet along to it."
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Re: CD release: Saul Stokes - Villa Galaxia
« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2008, 04:28:35 PM »
And, the review from Chuck VanZyl, host of Star's End radio on WXPN:

"Operating at the heart of electronic music, Saul Stokes' work has been primarily an exploration of timbre and the character of sound. On Villa Galaxia (55'45")
Stokes does not ditch the experimental ambiance he took so long to develop, but surprises us with eight tightly arranged and focused works. With the path
of each piece following imaginative accelerating percussion and charged synthetic rhythms, the energy level of this CD wanders into the realm of more
contemporary releases. Yet, with its fascinating arrangement and wealth of original tones and sonic coloration, Villa Galaxia will please the bobbing club
hipster as much as the prone head-tripper. In this finely tuned collage of grainy beats, squiggly synths and twisting tones each song bursts with vitality and
warmth. An album of its time, spanning and transcending electronica's musical moment, Stokes channels the era of the synthesizer."
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