|1. Future 3 "Alison"
|2. Isan "Waves"
|3. Lali Puna "40 Days"
|4. Ulrich Schnauss "Crazy
|5. B. Fleischmann & Ms. John Soda
"Here She Comes"
|6. Limp "Souvlaki Space Station"
|7. Solvent "When The Sun
|8. Styrofoam "Altogether"
|9. Skanfrom "Here She Comes"
|10. Isan "Celia's Dream"
11. Komëit "When The
|12. Manual "Blue Skied An'
|13. Herrmann & Kleine "Dagger"
|14. Múm "Machine Gun"
|1. Manual "Summer Haze"
|2. Isan "My Last Journey
|3. Guitar "House Full Of
|4. Ulrich Schnauss "Wherever
|5. Styrofoam "Fade Out Your
|6. Populous "Cluster"
|7. Future 3 "Stuff"
|8. Solvent "Discontinued
Parts (Instrumental Mix)"
|9. Herrmann & Kleine "Leaving
|10. B. Fleischmann "Take
A Day Off"
|11. Icebreaker / Manual "Into
|12. Komëit "Same, Same"
|13. Ms. John Soda "Solid
|14. Limp "Silent Runner"
|So CD 1 is quickly
offering two plush compartments that have us quickly
settle down: Future 3's "Alison"
is just as inviting to hum along as "Waves"
by Isan. The mood on here is of a certain eighties
melancholy, it gets a bit careless on "40
Days" by the heavy accented Lali
Puna. What then moves into the very pushing and
forward pointed "Crazy
For You" by Ulrich Schnauss. This
is an instrumental song, features a heavy drum and
it just wants you to keep on going; run, drive,
fly. Limp's "Souvlaki
Space Station" offers a needled
bench to sit down, before on Skanfrom's "Here
She Comes" the synthesizers are
dripping from 80ness. Also instrumental is the title
track "Blue Skied
An' Clear" here interpreted by Manual,
who's allowing himself a lot of time and open sky
layers, to get to the, well, you guessed it: melody.
|CD 2 is opened by the same Manual
who's offering the brilliant "Summer
Haze". And this song works without
a distinguishable melody for it to be amazing. Instead
it's living off the alignment of notes and moods,
off the clashing down of broad faced smiles that
make this one of the best songs heard in 2002. What
at the same time also means that this is the highlight
of the compilation. Despite there still being plenty
of excellent music still coming up. Like the Isan
song "My Last Journey
(Weather Balloon)", that gives his
electronics a voice. Guitar is exactly using that
instrument to put behind the voice of Regina Janssen
on "House Full Of
Time". A song that is hinting at
the potential these electronic artists grew into
during the making of this record (with Komëit
having gone the furthest with "Same,
|Ulrich Schnauss plays with suspense
on "Wherever You Are",
with train pictures appearing before our mental
eyes, completing the chase scene. A couple of speeds
less is Herrmann & Kleine's "Leaving
You Behind", that nevertheless gets
us travelling. Then the name Manual appears again,
and we know we will really like "Into
Forever" just on the strength of
that. And we do like this collaboration with Icebreaker,
despite the happy hardcore voice. And finally there's
Limp's "Silent Running"
that features a desperate depressed sound to it,
with the emotion carried only bettering the song.
|While we want to end this review
with the remark that electronic music can be boring.
Very boring even. And there's a couple of songs
on here, like Styrofoam's "Fade
Out Your Eyes" or Solvent's "Discontinued
Parts (Instrumental Mix)" that are
struggling to give us much. However, when this album
does the best of today, along with everything what
was good about the early days of electronic instruments
usage, you get an excellent mixture of real songs.
Meaning there are less mathematicians than musicians
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