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Label & Cat.Number: Norton North MMXIV-II
Release Year: 2015
Note: first ever vinyl re-issue of this album from 2002, which was at that time a kind of companion release to "Chemical Playschool 11-13" (2001); excellent artwork (silver-black printed gatefold) & fourth bonus side with rare live versions; lim. 600
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €28.00
More InfoA wonderfully packaged double album complete with a bonus 4th containing rare live renditions of "The More It Stays the Same" and "The Divide".Utterly sublime, on the estimable Norton North label.Gatefold sleeve.
Unofficially "Synesthesia" is "Chemical Playschool 14" comprising of parts that didn't make it to the CP 11-13 box set.Even so, "Shining Path" was a brand new piece which just didn't seem to fit anywhere….except here.
First release was for Italian label SPKR Records in an edition of 1,000; it has since been reissued on Big Blue ,Poland, and just recently by the Norton North label as a beautiful vinyl release
"Synesthesia serves as a companion to Chemical Playschool Volumes 11, 12 and 13, with eight indexed tracks, 57 minutes total, and 28 minutes worth of Premonitions smack dab in the middle. Niels and Martijn are credited with horns, guitars and violin. The dominating sound is electronic via synths, samples and programmed drums and the majority of the album is instrumental sound pieces. Shining Path and The More It Stays the Same are the two lyrical songs, delightful ones at that, but even they dissolve into audio experimentation. The Premonitions are, as always, fantastic escapes. Numbers 26 and 28 range from the faintest stirrings of mist and found sound to angry resonance and rhythmic clickety-clack. The closer, Kalos Melas, features the cutest marching melody you’ll likely hear this year. To my ears Synesthesia sounds very polished, much more so than the CP set, possibly negating the theory that these were the outtakes. It’s just further proof, as though more were even needed, of two things: the Dots are both song crafters and sonic sculptors and they’re as creatively sound as ever." [label info]
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