Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: World Music, New Age, Pop
In the mid-1980s, a lot of music professionals and session musicians from jazz, pop, and jingles began manufacturing instrumental moods under the rubric of New Age music. Cusco is one of those groups. The band's founders, ... more »
In the mid-1980s, a lot of music professionals and session musicians from jazz, pop, and jingles began manufacturing instrumental moods under the rubric of New Age music. Cusco is one of those groups. The band's founders, Michael Holm and Kristian Schulze, are guns for hire and refugees from German '60s and '70s pop music. Named for Cuzco, the ancient Incan city of Peru, Cusco has all the elements that turned New Age into an industry trend. The sound includes lots of synthesizers, perky rock-funk rhythms, and enough sampled panpipes to provide virtual plumbing for all of Berlin. For every Andean-inspired piece like "Montezuma" and "Waters of Cesme," there's also a cornball workout like "Didjeridoo," which subjugates this aboriginal instrument to an arrangement right out of Easy Listening 101. The Best of Cusco draws from seven of their first eight American releases, including the popular Apurimac and Cusco 2000. --John Diliberto
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sally smith | Mustang Ranch, NV | 10/31/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"one day, long ago, I was stuck in an airport. probably Chicago. spent a lot of time in the Chicago airport. board, I went into a shop that had music for sale, and they had headsets that you could listen to the music before you buy.
that is where I discovered "Cusco". I bought the CD "best of" and I never regretted it. it is way different than the kind of music I had always listened to. I never heard of them, and I have not listened to any of their other albums, which, no doubt are lovely. but, this one - it is special.
turn it up loud and let it engulf you. the instruments and sounds are magic. can't name my favorite track. love it all. it's an experience. I wouldn't play one song without the other that comes before it or after it, they flow into each other in a way that no other music can. when I listen to it, I know by heart, which song is coming next, and I anticipate with child-like excitement.
it's that good.
Must Own CUSCO
Mike Smith | 08/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was my introduction to CUSCO, and what an introduction it was. It sent the message home that he was an amazing artist who could bang out track after track of mesmerizing and fantastic music. If you have no CUSCO in your collection, you are missing out. If you only have money for one CUSCO album, make it this one."