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I Am a Foreigner

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Album Review

Artist and musician Robin Storey has been experimenting with found sound and ambient soundscapes since the early 1990s. Rapoon's I Am Not a Foreigner finds him in a highly abstract mode, creating nine ethereal (and yet sometimes quite abrasive) meditations on the idea of foreignness. The album opens with "Breakfast in Mesopotamia," a strange juxtaposition of gentle keyboards à la Brian Eno circa 1975 and twisted samples of Arabic singing — each in a different key, naturally. "Machine Tongue" is a spacious composition that combines hints of North African drums and eerie ululations to create a sound that invokes images of ghostly dervishes spinning on a dusty plain. Several tracks, notably "Yarsut" and the stunningly beautiful "Dusk Moon," rely heavily on drastically twisted samples of choral singing, and "Horizons Endless" prominently features what sounds like a disgruntled android playing a jawharp. The album's only real disappointment is "Endings in Rain," which is both too long and too devoid of ideas. Overall, though, this is a fine example of what ambient music can be at its best — lovely and at times even soothing — but complex and challenging enough to engage the attention for more than a few minutes.

Biography

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Rapoon was the ethno-ambient solo project of :zoviet*france: co-founder Robin Storey, born in 1955 in Cumbria, England. While studying fine arts at Sunderland University, he began pursuing a long-held interest in sound manipulation by taking classes in electronic and experimental composition, additionally joining with friends to perform the works of Karlheinz Stockhausen (a key influence, as were the Krautrock bands of the early 1970s). In 1979 Storey formed the pioneering industrial group :zoviet*france:,...
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  • 8,99 €
  • Genres: Electronic, Music
  • Released: 15 April 2003

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