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ARTIST
TITLE
Taksu
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
SOL 125CD SOL 125CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
9/22/2003

"Loren Nerell's association with Soleilmoon Recordings dates back to his 1996 release Lilin Dewa, as well as the more recent Indonesian Soundscapes. Taksu takes cues from both of these albums, blending environmental sounds and Balinese instruments together into a glowing, amorphous cloud of spine-tingling sound. Two musicians come to mind when listening to Taksu: Jon Hassell, who popularized Fourth World music, and Brian Eno, the father of Ambient music. While sounding nothing like the work of either artist, Loren Nerell's music takes inspiration from both of them. His music is evocative of mist-covered mountains and slow-motion waterfalls, so it owes something to Hassell. But it also pays tribute to the patient genius of Eno, with its endlessly evolving atmosphere, in which there is no beginning or end, only the present. In his liner notes for the CD booklet, Djam Karet founder Chuck Oken, Jr. describes the music as a 'sound pool' that the listener is immersed in. His words couldn't be more accurate, and it's no exaggeration to say that putting this record on is like waking up at sunrise, deep in the tropical Balinese rainforest, surrounded on all sides by the sounds of the jungle. To describe ambient or atmospheric music as 'a soundtrack' is clichéd, but it's really the best way to talk about Taksu."