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Spirituals
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CD

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9/27/2005

Two of the most prolific producers in electronic music, Atom (aka Uwe Schmidt, Señor Coconut) and Burnt Friedman, team up as Flanger to create music that looks retrospectively to the past for its inspiration. With a group of marvelous musicians they swing back to the raw soul of the 1920s. Crafting jazz that blurs the lines between analog and electronics, this new Flanger album is all about re-imagining a period when music was still playful. Referencing a spiritual aesthetic when music was instantaneous and pure, they corralled material from their diverse live performances and guest musicians, much like the fin-de-siècle researchers who recorded the first spirituals. Infusing this release with a global bent, they sent their efforts back and forth electronically between their studios in Santiago, Chile and Cologne, Germany. Despite these technological touches, this album is not about reconstructing endless virtuoso solos via mere knob-twiddling. With Spirituals, Flanger want to explore and relive the emotional sides of this jazz-before-jazz, its moods and sentiments. The duo Flanger have been one of the boldest pioneers of contemporary music, known for doing the unexpected and for their ability to float freely into new frontiers. But no one could have expected that their fourth album, Spirituals would be a musical trip to the pre-jazz era of Swing music dating from 1920 to 1940, Django Reinhardt, New Orleans blues and Dixieland. Duke Ellington springs to mind. 1920s original styles recorded with the techniques of today -- modern acoustic instruments and hard drive science. Say hello to Burnt Friedman and Uwe Schmidt plus an Australian vocalist and a load of marvelous musicians, including: Riff Jackson III, Laurence Pike aka MF Shakespeare, Hayden Chisholm, Robert Nacken, Cameron Deyell, Thomas Hass, Lars Vissing, and Mocke Depret.