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The first project that Shpongle (the duo of Simon Posford and Raja Ram) ever attempted together was a 20-minute epic about the emotional effect of witnessing a solar eclipse, which says a bit about the level of their ambition, if not obsession. Despite being together since 1996, this 2005 album is only their third (and reportedly final) full-length release, a schedule that allowed the studio time necessary to create this sprawling and spectacular 20-song outpouring. Their first two albums are impressive and groundbreaking, but this album is truly a leap beyond. A wildly inventive mix of the familiar and the unexpected, it moves in countless different directions, sliding from downtempo to frenetic without losing the beat or the listener, as one idea dissolves into another with precision. Sounds range from mysterious, watery swirls to the driest synthesized scratches, with vocals, horns, a wide variety of textures, and Middle Eastern rhythms and melodies add to the psychedelic swirl. And because they understand dynamics so well, they never work an idea to death; they may want to drive you into a trance, but they also want your attention, and they achieve both brilliantly on Nothing Lasts… But Nothing is Lost. If you were moved by either Are You Shpongled? or Tales of the Inexpressible, this one will blow you away.

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Lovely Job

I was really excited to get the last shpongle album when it came out. It came as one of those wonderful surprises. Got in the mood, 1am, and listened to it right the way through. So many moods, emotions, thoughts, feelings, so much spirit, so much heart, so much freedom. Wiltshire, Britain, through and through. It makes me proud of our music in England. May be a little much in places for some, this album is not for slipping in to the background, but for turning up loud, for going out and for going in. I think the production on this is inspired. Simon and Raja, if they know it or not, are making a beautiful contribution to the history of music. In the same way as there are classic alternative albums from every decade, this should be one for the first decade of the new millenium. Well Done chaps. I hope they will be playing at a great party in 2012. When there is music like this, there is always hope. And love and Peace. For all. justin.

What a trip!

Trippy, trancey, trip-tastic!

Another great Shpongle album

A brilliant synthesis of styles and sounds, trippy, funky and jazzy! loads of fun, Shpongle don't take themselves too seriously but are serious about making great music which is well produced. If you like this one try the last album which was great too, but not quite as colourful or ambitious!

Biography

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s

Simon Posford and Raja Ram are Shpongle, an ambient techno/trance project formed in 1996 after the pair viewed a solar eclipse in India. The duo went into 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...
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