20 Songs, 1 Hour 6 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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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

ORIGIN
West Chobham, Surrey, England
FORMED
1996

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