Electronic Rhythms of Africa and Asia
medievalcrusadesbabe | Ohio USA | 02/05/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Green Isac is a Norwegian-based duo. The flavor here is electronica, featuring keyboard, guitars and flute of Morten Lund and the very Aramaic/African influenced percussions of Andreas Eriksen. This is the second CD from this group, their first being "Groundrush".
The form of this electronica is to influence the listener with the rhythms while overlaying a minimal amount of fill and melody. Added to this base are some vocals and sounds to further emphasize and suggest "traditional" African and Arabic flavors. This is all expertly executed on this CD, providing the listener with a very energizing and enjoyable production.
There are thirteen tracks on this CD, ranging from 45 seconds to over six minutes. This is a Spotted Peccary Music release, and is up to the usual high standards we have come to expect from this music company.
Outstanding tracks on this CD include "Siamese Drum", a very Asian feeling piece, pulsating, rhythmic and almost hypnotizing, an excellent example of the style of this group and how they have mastered their sound. Also "Dr. Talk's Bagpipe" which is more Aramaic in feel but again, presents the listener with the same pulsating and rhythmic beats and traditional feel.
Giving more of the "electronic" angle to the CD are tracks like "Black Hands, White Skin" and "Subman", and the excellent track "Tubesontoo" all feature drumming but also highlight the excellent ability of Morten Lund to execute superb electronic surfaces for the drumming to glide upon.
Tracks like "Adm. Bulctow" and "Ambino" have a funk and groove electronic feel to them, and present us with yet another variation in style that is generously peppered with the percussion style of Andreas Eriksen. Again, well performed and outstanding in my mind.
Overall, this is an excellent introduction to the work of Green Isac, and to the abilities of Both Morten Lund and Andreas Eriksen. A good addition to your world music collection. maf"
Sweetmead | Cincinnati, OH USA | 11/12/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Once again Green Isac has created a CD of ethnic rhythms, electronic voices and traditional instrumentation. The use of the Yang Chin is amazing and the rhythms are hypnotic. Dr. Talks Bagpipes, Adm Bulctow and Ahab are my favorites, but the rest of the tracks do not disappoint. If you liked Happy Endings, this is a wonderful CD to follow it in your music changer."