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Early Works for Me If It Works for You II
A three CD set, with a stunningly beautiful gatefold package. It includes the first two Dntel releases on Phthalo, remastered, as well as a third disc of unreleased material, composed slightly before his third album, Life is Full of Possibilities on Plug Research. Jimmy Tamborello (Dntel) writes: In 1994 I compiled my first tracks as Dntel onto a cassette called Something Always Goes Wrong and sent it to some labels. It came pretty close to getting a real release but things ended up falling through with the label and I had to resort to making tape copies and giving them to friends. I kept making songs and eventually put together another cassette for friends. My friend Hoseh (who does a radio show called Headspace on KXLU in Los Angeles) gave it to this guy Dean who liked it and made CD copies, one of which ended up in the hands of Dimitri Fergadis, who asked if he could officially release it on his label, Phthalo Records. I said yes and this collection of songs became the first official Dntel release, Early Works For Me If It Works For You, released in 1998. A year or so later he released Something Always Goes Wrong as well. These early tracks, inspired by Aphex Twin, µ-Ziq, Warp Records and anything else I d been listening to, were all instrumental (save a few vocal samples) and created using one sampler/synthesizer (a Kurzweil K2000s) and some basic midi sequencing software. I was always really interested in adding vocals to weird electronic music, and by the time EWFMIIWFY and SAGW were released I finally had a computer with the capability to record full vocal tracks more easily. This led to the next Dntel full-length, Life Is Full Of Possibilities, which was released in 2001 on Plug Research. I haven t really done much instrumental work since. A couple years ago I decided to listen to a bunch of old DATs of stuff I had worked on in the process of making LIFOP. Although a lot of it was rough or unfinished, it got me thinking of the old days and I decided to collect my favorites. That got me listening to the old Phthalo releases as well and somehow it all evolved slowly into this 3-CD set.
CDs Vinyl => Indie Alternative => Indie Lo-Fi The three discs comprising "Early II" take some getting used to, but when you do, it's totally worth it. First disc "Something Always Goes Wrong" is an absolute favorite for me. Songs like "In Which Our Hero Falls Under a Spell" and "In Which Our Hero Frees the Damsel in Distress" are absolutely beautiful, worth every one of the 8 to 9 minutes apiece. I don't enjoy every moment of second disc "Early Works for Me If It Works for You", but there are several high points, such as "High Horses Theme". And the third and final disc--a collection of previously unreleased material--feels a bit long at times, but for the most part it's very cool. "Don't Try" is Daft-Punk-esque, and "Darker Earlier" is a gorgeous piece that adds layer upon layer.You can usually track this set down for relatively cheap, so if you're a Dntel fan, you should certainly pick this up and will find plenty to enjoy.
I had heard rumors of its existence. I didn't want to believe it, lest it turn out to be mere speculation, like the deluxe edition remaster of The Cure's Disintegration. Instead, it turns out to be just like the reissues of Radiohead's first 3 albums, complete with all the corresponding era B-sides, that suddenly appeared this year. It's simply too good to be true, yet somehow, it is true, which makes it even better.See... I have waited a long time for someone to even realize this possibility. Then suddenly, the possibility isn't just realized as an idea for a potential possibility, it's fully realized into a tangible product. And I'm not sure I can ever convey how flabbergasted that leaves me. Of course, the mere fact that I'm writing this review signifies that I am at least going to try.OK... soheregoes...Stumbling across this page is basically like rummaging through a flea market to find a holy grail being sold at a discount price. You rapidly purchase it before anyone else can get their mitts on it, then sneak it home to slaver over it. Only, once you get home, you discover that this isn't as singular as you initially thought, that it's actually being mass-produced for public consumption. Yet instead of becoming despondent because this holy grail is now something any schmuck can procure from a regular retail store, you become even MORE ecstatic at the possibility of everyone you know owning such a fabulous item.This is how I feel about this triple-disk reissue of Dntel's debut album amp; EP + all the era B-sides amp; such. It's exciting. It's also very surreal...For the longest time, the only Dntel albums you could even find, or at least find for a decent price, were Life Is Full Of Possibilities amp; Dumb Luck. Of course there's always The Postal Service, Figurine, and the James Figurine release, which are all extraordinary. But there was always something lacking, always a void in the Dntel legacy available to the public. That void was left by Dntel's first two releases, Something Always Goes Wrong amp; Early Works For Me If It Works For You, going very out of print. For the longest time, people had to pirate these albums just to listen to them. Even if a copy could be tracked down, it would always be EXORBITANT because they were just so elusive! And that was tragic, because it's not as if these were embarrassing novice-noodlings that deserve to languish in obscurity. These are brilliant ideas dexterously articulated by someone with inspiring competence, complete artistic statements made by someone with a focused vision amp; the discipline to see his ideas into fruition. The songs are astounding. Jimmy Tamborello has an obvious ear for memorable melodies. He's also very deft at conveying magnificent emotions. The mood of each individual song feels universal in size. And out of all the "Intelligent Dance Music" I can think of, this might have some of the most universal appeal. People may slag these albums off as just earnest imitations of Warp Records artists, as if Jimmy Tamborello is just trying to become the American Richard D. James or Tom Jenkinson. I think that's a very lazy assessment. Frankly, Richard amp; Tom are never this consistent because they're usually too busy innovating to refine their songs into compelling pop gems. They're often more concerned with weaving convoluted tapestries of sound than composing music. No matter how abrasive or obtuse Dntel sounds, the focal point of the song is always a melody that anyone can adore. So Dntel certainly won't boggle anyone who's ever listened to the flagship Warp acts, but I'm sure Jimmy is well aware of that. He isn't creating music to show Autechre how DSP-wankery is really done, he's creating music to show the world that all this newfangled glitch-electronica is not just an arcane niche genre, that there's an entire alternate dimension of possibilities in the more musical aspects of the genre. He may not be a progenitor, but he's certainly not just hopping on a bandwagon in hopes of riding the crest of the IDM wave to glory. He simply makes great songs. No, he didn't invent skittering beats or off-kilter arrangements. And no, he didn't invent the glitch-electronica popsong. But he DID get indierockstars to sing on his albums, and thus he almost singlehandedly spawned the genre of electropop with that quirky indie appeal. Isn't that innovation enough?But I digress. My point is simply this: at long last the public can finally listen to the humble origins of the other guy in The Postal Service, the dude who made electronica indie.Snag a copy before this too goes out of print. I guarantee that you'll love if it you give it a chance.That is all. Huge Selection & Free Shipping xianshi Bike Aluminum Alloy Seatpost, Convenient to Use Road Bic Ranking TOP6 Seasonal Wrap Introduction xianshi Bike Aluminum Alloy Seatpost, Convenient to Use Road Bic network of 400+ stores nationally, housing over 200 brands and 5000 products.