10 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Endless Summer is titled in reference to the Beach Boys, though the music it contains draws less from the orchestral pop sensibility of Pet Sounds than it does Brian Wilson’s emotional openness and musical intricacy. Traces of pop music run through Endless Summer, though they are usually obscured either by fractural electronics, as on “Made In Hong Kong,” or huge sheets of ambient noise, as on “”A Year In A Minute” and “Got to Move On.” In “Caecilia,” formless sheets of sound slowly coalesce into fragile, heartfelt melodies. The album is a dialogue between the guitar playing that is at the heart of most of these compositions and the layers of ambient noise that surround it. These elements become so integrated over the course of the album that it becomes impossible to differentiate between the organic and the treated, and on “Shisheido,” the guitar and electronics fuse completely to create a whole new sonic color. Like Brian Wilson before him, Fennesz has created a musical work intensely intimate and fathomlessly far-reaching.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Endless Summer is titled in reference to the Beach Boys, though the music it contains draws less from the orchestral pop sensibility of Pet Sounds than it does Brian Wilson’s emotional openness and musical intricacy. Traces of pop music run through Endless Summer, though they are usually obscured either by fractural electronics, as on “Made In Hong Kong,” or huge sheets of ambient noise, as on “”A Year In A Minute” and “Got to Move On.” In “Caecilia,” formless sheets of sound slowly coalesce into fragile, heartfelt melodies. The album is a dialogue between the guitar playing that is at the heart of most of these compositions and the layers of ambient noise that surround it. These elements become so integrated over the course of the album that it becomes impossible to differentiate between the organic and the treated, and on “Shisheido,” the guitar and electronics fuse completely to create a whole new sonic color. Like Brian Wilson before him, Fennesz has created a musical work intensely intimate and fathomlessly far-reaching.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
22 Ratings
22 Ratings
Ikiru ,

A Summer Classic

(Note: this is a newly remixed edition of the 1996 album of the same name, with the addition of two bonus tracks). I remember reading many reviews of this album stating it was a groundbreaking electronic classic. I then purchased the disc and was quite disappointed. All I heard was distorted noise with heavily processed guitar strumming. I didn't get it. A few listens later, the album completely transformed itself, proving the reviews correct. What once was noise became beautifully ordered music. Sadly the 30 second samples aren’t enough to make sense of it. The track that caught me off guard the most was "Before I Leave". On first listen it sounded like a CD skipping and now it’s my favorite track, simply mesmorizing. "Caecilia" is another I'd recommend. Endless Summer is a fitting title as I can no longer recall summer memories without hearing these songs in my head, and playing it during winter might very possibly help fend off the cold.

kiteb ,

mostly good stuff

ignore the reviews by martini houdini and kevykev. these reviews are not useful because these guys just plain don't like this kind of music. I don't understand people reviewing music (or even listening to it, for that matter) in a genre that they don't like. It'd be like me giving a review of any heavy metal music...I don't happen to like that kind of music, so why would anyone who likes it want to hear what i have to say about it?

I like much of Fennesz's stuff, and the same goes for this disc.

psdanzig ,

@ the beach

surfing. sun. drone. sweetest melodies dunked in saltwater. If you're a sucker for pop buried in feedback and noise (like me), please listen. One of my alltime favs.

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