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ARTIST
TITLE
Meteorology
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
CADENZA 008CD CADENZA 008CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
3/1/2011

This is the first full-length release on Cadenza from Canada's Frivolous (Daniel Gardner). To Frivolous, dance music is about living life to the full, about acting out all possible human emotions in the eccentric, sweaty arena of a club. Gardner's tracks engage the crowds with grooves bursting with life and startling, eerie atmospheres. Exotic samples arranged into improbable yet emotionally-charged sound-scapes create a very special Frivolous experience: the sounds of a primeval forest encounter a dignified, aristocratic piano, a beautiful Russian waltz gets twisted into an overturning house groove. Romance turning into contempt, one's home becoming alien and strange, Metereology deals with the experience of emotional extremes. Focusing strongly on the rhythmic sides of things, this album is denser than its predecessors. The grooves have an enhanced inertia. Short melodic sequences create sustainable loops superseding elaborate forms on top. Frivolous merges his seminal genre-bending qualities and jazzy intricacy into grooves that push the house sound as far into the experimental realm as physically possible. The sonic arrangements are fused into one immersive idea that engages dancers completely. With these sonic landscapes, one is never quite sure which objects exist in their immediate environment and which objects are super-imposed. The sounds become a reality of their own, creating imaginary spaces. In an experience as exciting as uncanny, everyone on the dancefloor realizes that the other, sonically-projected environment is more real than anything else. The album represents a journey with different emotional chapters: disappointment, depression, relief, excitement and exuberance for life. The eleven tracks span the spectrum of existential extremes and all the subtleties of emotional dissonance that exist between them. There is a mystical, idealistic side to Metereology, yet there is the isolated, angry, frightened side to it as well. The songs explore the whole range of experience from devoted love to detached solitude, from social commitment to radical autarchy. These contradictions separate the music from obliging escapism in order to express a significant human experience.