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Essence of the Forest

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Album Review

With tracks from each of their first five albums, this is essentially a Deep Forest best-of, leading off with their 1993 hit "Sweet Lullaby." Note that "Sweet Lullaby," "Night Bird," and "Desert Walk" are each presented in a "2004 Version," though it's not made clear in the packaging how these are different than the ones that had been previously released on Deep Forest albums. It's an adequate overview of an act whose music is probably too diluted for either world music fans or electronica specialists, but whose blend of those styles together with production approaches friendly to middle of the road radio has far more appeal to mainstream pop listeners than most world music or electronica. [Epic reissued this version of the album in 2004.]

Biography

Formed: 1992 in France

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Innovatively fusing traditional ethnic musics with state-of-the-art rhythms, the work of Deep Forest was best typified by their 1993 smash "Sweet Lullaby," which brought together the contemporary sounds of ambient techno with a haunting traditional lullaby from the Solomon Islands. The project was primarily the work of the French keyboardists and programmers Eric Mouquet and Michael Sanchez; after the latter returned from Africa with boxes of records he'd picked up across the continent, he and Mouquet...
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Essence of the Forest, Deep Forest
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  • 8,99 €
  • Genres: Electronic, Music, New Age
  • Released: 09 February 2004

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