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Square Root of Negative One
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Square Root of Negative One
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
 
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Like DJ Spooky and Ben Neill, this New York collective considers its music to be more than just a series of sound waves. On their new album, the threesome (DJ Olive, Lloop, Once 11) expand the sonic scope of their illbient...  more »

      
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All Artists: We
Title: Square Root of Negative One
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Asphodel Records
Original Release Date: 4/6/1999
Release Date: 4/6/1999
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Styles: Ambient, Electronica, IDM, Dance Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 753027099426

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Like DJ Spooky and Ben Neill, this New York collective considers its music to be more than just a series of sound waves. On their new album, the threesome (DJ Olive, Lloop, Once 11) expand the sonic scope of their illbient symphonies to reflect the elaborate "omnisensorial" events they regularly host around the city. By matching detailed compositions with various physical environments, the idea is that these gatherings will give the music a functional feel. Think of Square Root of Minus One as a portable gallery. As mind-boggling jungle rhythms and bass lines weave with off-planet sound effects, each track slowly develops its own distinct setting, ranging from the apocalyptic "Birimbau" to the minimalist "Ririka." But, in the end, it is up to the listener to provide these nebulous compositions with any prevailing character, which can be interpreted either as a stroke of genius or knuckle-headed oversight. --Aidin Vaziri
 

CD Reviews

More main stream, but still nifty
06/15/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"WE seem to be playing with more mainstream styles and palettes. But they still have supperior skill and taste compared to the contemporary drum and bass wasteland.sweet ambience, groovey reggae beat science and that sort of stuff. it also sounds like they have nicer gear to work with. the production is much fatter and bass heavier.they are no longer miles ahead of the competition, but they are still ahead of the pack."
Have not heard As is, but Decentertainment is much better.
mauser0000@aol.com | Buffalo, New York | 11/29/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I am rather baffled at the direction that WE took to make this album. In contrast with their earlier, slow as hell dub beats (which I think is still the illest shi* out there) they have gone rather mainstream on this one; utilizing a lot of cliched jungle rhythms; this puzzles me because the jungle tracks are not really all that, considering that WE are some of the illest cats out there and they are capable of putting out something so much better. Nevertheless, they still have their let loose some ambient/dub pieces that are real nice. I get the impression from other sources that As Is is their best work, and I have the vinyl version of Decentertainment. Decentertainment is much fresher and true to WE's style than this one - if you like ambient and dub, pick up their other releases first and save this one for last."