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ARTIST
TITLE
The Isle
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
STAUB 051CD STAUB 051CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
4/12/2004

"After two internationally acclaimed Wechsel Garland albums (Wechsel Garland/Morrmusic 2000, and Liberation von History/Karaoke Kalk 2002) and their precursor Wunder (also on Karaoke Kalk), Jörg Follert does no longer need an introduction, at least not in circles of electronic music aficionados. On The Isle (which has already seen an exclusive release in Japan in 2003 and is now made available world-wide through Staubgold) Follert teamed up with Japanese artist Sohichiro Suzuki/World Standard, who, despite having created a body of work that stretches out over 20 years, is not very widely known in Europe. Suzuki released many of his albums through Haruomi Hosono's (Yellow Magic Orchestra) Daisyworld label. Thematically, his work is located on the fringes of European, American and Far Eastern 'exotic music'. It's neigh on impossible to fathom who did what in this collaboration. Follert and Suzuki met twice in Japan to record together, the rest of the album was done, well, 'by mail'. Delicately plucked acoustic guitars are broken up into fragments and re-assembled, strings snuggle against the cosy sounds of melodica and toy piano, while sparsely used elements of percussion are reluctant to pick up the pulse, since they do not want to irritate the fragile arrangements, which are constantly petering out into the off. In a loose, but harmonic sequence, the 15 tracks of The Isle create a mood music, which is calm and still like a summer house by the edge of the sea. Its music chirps like the steppe in Tuscany during May. This album needs no formula to function. Oh, and not to forget: The track 'Solitude Sea' has been used as the opener of DJ Koze's mix CD All People Is My Friends (where it has erroneously been credited as 'The Isle')."