After providing the highly sucessfull opening track for KOMPAKTs recent >Pop Ambient 2010< compilation, Marsen Jules now unleashes an album in the same vein of warm, shimmering ambient sounscapes. >Yara<, one of his most important albums to date, will now be made available on CD for the first time.
After providing the highly sucessfull opening track for KOMPAKT's recent "Pop Ambient 2010" compilation, Marsen Jules now unleashes an album in the same vein of warm, shimmering ambient sounscapes. "Yara", one of his most important albums to date, will now be made available on CD for the first time.
The Dortmund based musician Martin Juhls has been pushing the boundaries between Ambient and Neo-Classics with his releases on City Centre Offices as well as with his contributions to the renowned „Pop Ambient“ series on KOMPAKT for quite some time now. His music casts a delicate warmth that combines both digital and analogue elements to create a sound that has inspired many artists over the years. With „Yara“, one of his most important albums to date will now be made available on CD for the ﬁrst time. With a completely reworked and remastered version, Marsen Jules fulﬁlls his wish to release this gem from the backcatalogue of the internet-label Thinner in a way it will get the attention it deserves. On his follow-up to „Lazy Sunday Funerals“, Marsen Jules continues to work on his vision of blending other-worldly strings with fragile ambient sounds. The resulting compositions are reminiscent of the deep, atmospheric sounds of the „Pop Ambient“ compilations on KOMPAKT, but in their minimalistic approach also pay respect to experimental composers such as Steve Reich and Eric Satie. The source material for „Yara“ was the recording of a band from the circle of Marsen Jules' friends. After listening to it repeatedly, the background noises of the concert that were recorded accidently became more and more important for him: the tuning of an instrument, the opening of a beer can, the laughter of someone from the audience. Emotional moments that transcend the music itself and capture the very atmosphere of the concert. These acoustic fragments were afterwards digitally re-edited in the sense of musique concrète and then put together again to create a texture of elegant ambient sounds. The result is a highly personal sonic web of modulated loops and permanent tempo variations that inﬂuenced many musicians in their creative output. The re-mastered version of „Yara“ now impresses with an even richer, more complex sound than the original. In addition to that, US-designer Noah McDonald, who already worked for artists such as Funkstörung and Speedy J., provided the cover-artwork for the CD. The new label OKTAF is a platform for music in the realm of Ambient, Neo-Classics and Modern Jazz. (added: 2010-07-20 14:30:46 )