Surround Us by Pieter Nooten
Exploring the possibilities of electronica and laptop composition even further; Pieter Nooten, one of the original members of Clan of Xymox and former collaborator with Michael Brook brings us the astounding acoustic and organic sounding 'Surround Us'.
The album features gorgeous guest vocalists interspersed with beautiful, classical compositions.
Far beyond the clichés of contemporary electronica, Nooten squeezes heart wrenching melancholia -beautifully executed, honest and intimate - out of the 'digital box', proving how good and deeply heartfelt home recorded electronica can sound, Nooten delivers a true masterpiece of lap top composition.
In collaboration with improv cellist Lucas Stam, whose sensitive and intuitive playing technique cuts right through some of the most intense instrumentals; Nooten and Stam prove to be the pioneers of a long-expected period in contemporary music. A future that is NOT turning out clinical nu jazz or industrial noise fresh from the academies, neither mind numbing corporate pop, playable in any old mp3 format. Here we experience warmth and dynamics, features that seemed so long lost in music. 'Surround Us' brims with vitality, humanity, pain, passion and sweet, sweet melancholia
Pieter is more influenced by"the depth and beauty of the simplest Bach fugue than by most modern pop".
1. Ode 06:17
2. Anybody 04:45
3. An End 06:16
4. Soothing Dust 04:54
5. Drone 06:10
6. This World 04:44
7. Blue Wonder 04:46
8. Around Us 05:19
9. Secret Room 03:50
10. Romanz 05:03
11. Blue Square 07:24
12. Dutch Clouds 05:10
13. Belong 05:06
Pieter Nooten (laptop, keyboards, vocals)
Lucas Stam (cello)
Live VJ: Miryam Chachman
Ambient, Industrial, Progressive, Symphonic
Compact Disc, Digital / Download