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Currently discovering Saul Stokes
« on: June 23, 2008, 02:01:57 AM »
I just got "Outfolding" and "Vast" today, and have to say that I love Saul's style.  Very hypnotic, but with a really fresh and experimental (in a good way) feel.  I get the feeling that there are no rules, listening to Outfolding- something can happen that is absolutely unexpected and I love that- particularly because it still sounds within the bounds of one distinct style, not just random experimentation. 

It reminds me of some old computer game space rpgs that I used to play. :)

Any other albums of his I should listen to next?
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Re: Currently discovering Saul Stokes
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2008, 04:14:34 AM »
Yep, he does have a very distinctive & addictive style.

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- Zo Pilots
- Washed in Mercury
both excellent. Probably my favourites.
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Re: Currently discovering Saul Stokes
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2008, 02:07:57 PM »
I'm a huge Saul Stokes fan...  Zo Pilots always makes my day and is still my favorite for a lot of reasons.   Outfolding, Vast... both are great.   I can't wait for the new one coming up.

Also - his collab with Vir Unis "Thermal Transfer" on Hypnos/Binary is excellent.   ...and I'm not just saying that because one of my remixes is on that disc!  grin...  :)

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Re: Currently discovering Saul Stokes
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2008, 05:12:58 PM »
I also like his two wooden box releases I purchased from the Hypnoid store many moons ago.

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« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2008, 08:29:42 PM »
I agree with APK about Zo Pilots- my take is it's sorta urban yet alien and desolate, like an audio equivalent to the Blade Runner movie, and I agree with Jkn about Thermal Transfer, except on the whole it sounds more like Vir Unis than Saul Stokes to me, but still a truly cool album worth listening to.  Deepspace, since you're enjoying Vast you may like Fields as well.  It's kind of uptempo (for a Saul Stokes album, that is- it's really "downtempo" in the broad sense of electronica, I guess) and cheery like Vast, but not quite to the same degree.   

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Re: Currently discovering Saul Stokes
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2008, 08:35:19 PM »
For those who weren't aware, I thought I'd mention here that Saul's new album Villa Galaxia is just about finished, and we'll be releasing it in July on our Binary imprint.
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Re: Currently discovering Saul Stokes
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2008, 12:21:23 PM »
Another vote here for Zo Pilots, my fave Stokes album.  Don't forget Abstraction, his excellent release on Greenhouse Music.   :)

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Re: Currently discovering Saul Stokes
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2008, 01:03:15 PM »
I have to agree with everything written above. Outfolding was, also the first album I bought of Saul's and it was my first Hypnos purchase years ago. This led me to buy every release of Saul's I could find and am still buying everyting he puts out. This was what also got me interested in the Hypnos forum. I can't wait for Villa Galaxia to come out.      Harry
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Re: Currently discovering Saul Stokes
« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2008, 07:47:52 PM »
Usually, I listen to a song I'm fond of hundreds of times over and over again (and if it's really good, I'm still not bored with it). There are some pieces of music, though, that are so perfect, so beautiul and so delicate that I am afraid to listen, almost as if the mere act of hearing it will destroy it. "The Far Edge of Suburban Station" is one of those. It's one of my favorite pieces of music, and I can't recall the last time I heard it.

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Re: Currently discovering Saul Stokes
« Reply #9 on: July 09, 2008, 07:27:45 PM »
Any word on Villa Galaxia, as far as what its character will be, what it will be about? Saul Stokes is one of the few whose output really fills me with anticipation. The title alone seems to promise much excitement...

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Re: Currently discovering Saul Stokes
« Reply #10 on: July 10, 2008, 10:49:04 AM »
I would characterize Villa Galaxia as a bit of a throwback to an earlier Stokes sound, a bit simplified and less focused on pretty melodics than Saul's more recent work.    Still, it's not a big departure or anything -- definitely still has the sound & feel of a Saul Stokes album.
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Re: Currently discovering Saul Stokes
« Reply #11 on: July 10, 2008, 11:42:22 AM »
Can't wait for the release!
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Re: Currently discovering Saul Stokes
« Reply #12 on: July 10, 2008, 04:40:48 PM »
I can't wait either.I still like "Washed in mercury" as my favorite.

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Re: Currently discovering Saul Stokes
« Reply #13 on: July 10, 2008, 04:53:04 PM »
I'm going to move this to the "Hypnos Artists" section of the Forum, since most of Saul's work has been released on Hypnos or Binary, and his new album is coming soon on Binary, and this isn't really a "now listening" discussion as much as it is a plain old discussion of an artist's various recordings.
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Re: Currently discovering Saul Stokes
« Reply #14 on: July 11, 2008, 03:12:00 PM »
There's been a short delay as we work out the details of getting the artwork & design for Villa Galaxia from a new, 3rd party artist & designer (a friend of Saul's) converted into the format we use to get CDs printed up.  This one will be going into the factory early next week one way or another, with CDs in a few weeks or less.

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