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xingu hill
alterity
hymen   1999
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album rating: 3
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submitted by anton on 15-Dec-1999; last updated on 29-Jan-2000 by anton
this is fourth cd of this band and the first one to be released on hymen. I have been anxiously awaiting this release after listening to numerous impressive remixes done by xingu hill.
 
after listening to this cd several times, I was quite disappointed by the sound expecting something more along the lines of beefcake or architect. but the first time I used the headphones, I was blown away by complexity and beauty of "alterity".
 
this is truly the cd that requires attentive listener that has time it takes to discover its richness. the first impression you get from the cd is laid-back, mellow ambient electronics. but listen more closely and you will discover the whole word of subtle noises, pops, clicks and micro sound manipulations that weave a careful and amazingly delicate, almost transparent web of sound. beautiful strings and melodic parts are overlaid with little swirling noises and distorted unexpected flowing sounds that mixing together produce unique and unforgettable patterns.
 
the music leaves the feeling of fragile and complex, dynamic structure where empty spaces are surrounded with myriads of incredibly complex, constantly mutating formations. dark ambient elements are replaced with mellow rhythmic structures.
 
make sure you have the good set of headphones and several hours to spend to get the best out of this cd - an unforgettable journey to the intelligent and beautiful world of xingu hill.

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