PRICE: $16.00
LOW STOCK LEVEL
1-2 Weeks
ARTIST
TITLE
Backed By Spirits
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
NEO 026CD NEO 026CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
3/28/2005

"Praveen's sound is deftly poised and amply full. The opener 'Sad Sad Day' is filled with melancholy, and yet an overriding sense of expectation emerges as the presiding feeling. Music in this zone takes its time -- 'Float' could almost be a credo for this, settling down next to a fire with an approach that will be familiar to all lovers of Kompakt's Pop Ambient series. Its almost impolite when programmed bass and drums intrude on the sound settling like ash, but they learn to get along somehow. 'Haze' relishes one of the more addictive melody lines of recent times, and 'Melody' brings Praveen's main preoccupation centre stage -- again expect nothing hurried, this is sedate, carefully unfolding music. Co-opting apparently dissonant frequencies into a coherent whole is the strategy on 'Real Memories', while 'New Lovers' blooms into a soft utterance, a strummed guitar echoing the optimism of the title. 'Please Begin' shows that darker textures can function next to the pillowy ambient from Praveen, perfectly balanced by the delicate sound of a drumstick on cymbal. 'Piano in a Hurricane' ends a distinctive debut with not a whimper, but rather a gentle caress."