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Not Far From a Distant Sun
Brain Laughter 2
Not Far From a Distant Sun
Genres: World Music, Jazz, New Age, Pop
 
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Not Far from a Distant Sun is a disappointing, but still listenable follow-up to Brain Laughter's impressive debut, In the Land of Power. Armed with new synthesizers and samplers, they go for a more symphonic approach with...  more »

      
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All Artists: Brain Laughter 2
Title: Not Far From a Distant Sun
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Spotted Peccary
Original Release Date: 11/18/1997
Re-Release Date: 11/25/1997
Genres: World Music, Jazz, New Age, Pop
Style: Meditation
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 600028010229, 600028010243, 723723189226

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Not Far from a Distant Sun is a disappointing, but still listenable follow-up to Brain Laughter's impressive debut, In the Land of Power. Armed with new synthesizers and samplers, they go for a more symphonic approach with overwrought melodies and over-ripe arrangements. While In the Land of Power had an austerity born of its desert inspirations, Distant Sun has orchestral aspirations that probably sounded great in the studio, but which are ultimately revealed to be what they are: canned, portentous orchestral imitations. When they leave those motifs behind, Brain Laughter create some compelling music, notably the drama of spare tribal drums on the slow crescendo of "Voices from the Past" and the chilly scenes of "Winter Nights." Synthesist Steve Roach also contributes to a few tracks, including the techno-tribal turn of "The Hunt," on which he plays didgeridoo. The guttural texture of this earth-born instrument only exacerbates the distance Brain Laughter has put between themselves and their source. --John Diliberto
 

CD Reviews

Distant but not out of touch
Richard W. Abrams | Middle of Nowhere, OK USA | 04/13/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Brian creates musical landscapes that approach space music but he never takes his listener too far before returning to more structured pieces. Very soothing - mostly sythesized sound scapes with percussion and other world instruments lightly added to the background. If you enjoy the talents of Jonn Serrie or Jon Anderson's "Angels Embrace", you'll want to add this to your collection."