Tales of the Inexpressible by Shpongle on Apple Music

9 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Starting from the already lofty heights of their debut, Are You Shpongled?, Tales of the Inexpressible expands Sphongle’s sonic palette to include rhythms and melodies from around the world, including flamenco guitar, African drumming, and Latin percussion. Densely packed and endlessly intriguing, Simon Posford (aka Hallucinogen) and Raja Ram segue smoothly from one idea to another to create a seamless work that merges many styles and textures and bursts with imagination and energy. Acoustic guitar and cello blend with drum and bass loops and snippets of synthesizer, as Ram’s inspired flute playing soars above the psychedelic mix (and in addition, the brief “Flute Fruit” proves a fitting outro to the album). Vocals are featured on some of the songs, including the gorgeous voice of Abigail Gordon who provides one of the album’s dreamiest passages on “Once Upon a Sea of Blissful Awareness.” Lush, cohesive, and immaculately crafted, Tales of the Inexpressible is nothing short of breathtaking.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Starting from the already lofty heights of their debut, Are You Shpongled?, Tales of the Inexpressible expands Sphongle’s sonic palette to include rhythms and melodies from around the world, including flamenco guitar, African drumming, and Latin percussion. Densely packed and endlessly intriguing, Simon Posford (aka Hallucinogen) and Raja Ram segue smoothly from one idea to another to create a seamless work that merges many styles and textures and bursts with imagination and energy. Acoustic guitar and cello blend with drum and bass loops and snippets of synthesizer, as Ram’s inspired flute playing soars above the psychedelic mix (and in addition, the brief “Flute Fruit” proves a fitting outro to the album). Vocals are featured on some of the songs, including the gorgeous voice of Abigail Gordon who provides one of the album’s dreamiest passages on “Once Upon a Sea of Blissful Awareness.” Lush, cohesive, and immaculately crafted, Tales of the Inexpressible is nothing short of breathtaking.

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About Shpongle

Psychedelic duo Simon Posford and Raja Ram are Shpongle, an ambient techno/trance project formed in 1996 after the pair viewed a solar eclipse in India. After that event, they entered the studio and attempted to duplicate the experience in sonic form, and the result was a 20-minute track, "...And the Day Turned to Night," which was featured on a Twisted label compilation titled Eclipse. Shpongle's full-length debut album, Are You Shpongled?, was released in early 1999. Their sophomore effort, Tales of the Inexpressible, arrived in 2001 and featured the additions of Spanish and East Asian instrumentation. In 2005, the duo released their third album, Nothing Lasts... But Nothing Is Lost, which was intended to be their final project. However, Shpongle returned in 2009 with Ineffable Mysteries from Shpongleland, which incorporated world music themes, and the God Particle EP in 2010. Museum of Consciousness followed in 2013. Their sixth album, the appropriately titled Codex VI, was released in 2017. ~ Steve Huey

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