FSOL - "the isness"
(Hypnotic 2002, CLP 1206-2)

From Aural Innovations #21 (October 2002)

I can still remember the first time I heard "Breathe" by Pink Floyd. It had an ethereal, spacey quality I had never heard in music before. A beautiful melody that created gentle waves of music. Over the years, Iíve enjoyed a number of bands that have been able to create that spacey, wavelike motion in their own music. Two that come immediately to mind are DarXtar and early Porcupine Tree.

Iím sure you know where Iím going with this, but bear with me for a moment. I have a number of earlier FSOL discs and I had lumped them in the "sound collages with occasional techno beats" group. You have one and you have them all. Right? So, where do I get off comparing some studio electronic geeks to the real bands I mentioned in the previous paragraph?

Itís been awhile since I heard space MUSIC. Iím not talking about drones and trances, tribal/ethnic, or space rock. Iím talking about, subtly intricate, gorgeously melodic music that is accessible enough that it can be easily consumed by the short attention span masses, yet is interesting enough to keep an old (and Iím real old) prog-head interested for more than a listen. At times it all just hovers at the edge of consciousness.

What else do you want to know about this CD? Unlike their previous works, it all sounds like a band. Itís lovingly crafted. Thereís real people singing real lyrics. Stop reading this review and go out and get one!

For more information you can visit the FSOL web site at: http://www.futuresoundoflondon.com/fsol/fsol.html.

Reviewed by Louis Hesselt-van-Dinter

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