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Deep Roots Hidden Water
Deborah Martin
Deep Roots Hidden Water
Genres: Blues, New Age, Pop
 
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Deborah Martin plays a sweeter brand of ambient music than most, with asound that tends toward the orchestral rather than the electronic. But ultimately, sampled instruments undermine her music. Martin's strings don't soun...  more »

      
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All Artists: Deborah Martin
Title: Deep Roots Hidden Water
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Spotted Peccary
Original Release Date: 5/4/1999
Release Date: 5/4/1999
Genres: Blues, New Age, Pop
Style: Meditation
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
Other Editions: Deep Roots Hidden Water (Dig)
UPC: 600028050225

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Deborah Martin plays a sweeter brand of ambient music than most, with asound that tends toward the orchestral rather than the electronic. But ultimately, sampled instruments undermine her music. Martin's strings don't sound symphonic, they just sound stiff. Her oboes are pale imitations and her horns lack nuance. Martin is captivated by her keyboard palette and they dominate her second album, obscuring what might have been some deep ambient excursions. Her music works best when real instruments or pure electronics dominate. For instance, guest Coyote Oldman's processed flutes turn "Voices on the Rim" into a viscous walk on a virtual canyon floor, even with a hokey overlay of sampled choirs. King Crimson bassist Tony Levin plays his electric upright bass on "The Strength of Stones," over-dubbing arco and pizzicato lines in a dark rumination. Martin seems to aspire to that minor-key poignancy that marks Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings," but her sonic library won't take her there. --John Diliberto

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Ambient/Space/Tribal Hybrid: An Interesting Sound
05/11/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"If you like Ambient/Tribal, this will be a 5-star for you. My taste is not tribal and that takes it down a notch in my book. Still, this is a work that is definitely not overrun with percussion or standard Native American flute cuts. The solid synth work by Martin gives this effort a real new, different sound. "Strength of Stones" is truly unique and a wonderful work. An excellent addition to add depth and diversity to a space/ambient collection. Her earlier release "Under the Moon" is of similar composition and quality, though much harder to find."