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The Kalamazoo Kid
Dec 18, 2022
In William's World
In addition to the Christmas singles (free downloads), are there more Bill Nelson songs that directly reference the winter holidays or pick up on traditional holiday music? Also curious about how many songs (with lyrics) are set in wintery scenes, like "Frosty Lawns (Snowballs & Oranges)."
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The Kalamazoo Kid
Dec 14, 2022
In William's World
The four tracks on this 2009 album that obviously belong together are a fabulous update of the beat-less, sampled-vocal, semi-ambient soundscapes of earlier periods (e.g. Trial by Intimacy, Orchestra Arcana, Chance Encounters, Console) - but blown out into outré epics with complicated plots: This is Like a Galaxy (7:04) Yes and No (8:36) Matérialisation Phenomena (11:01) The Departure of the 20th Century (16:24) Together, these tracks total 43 minutes – a perfect Bill Nelson LP, unlike any other music he created in this period. Hypnotic, trippy, non-song adventures. Headphone music. Shifting sonic sands of meditative psychedelia - patient, full of surprises, and sometimes menacing. Two tracks interrupt this experience: The title track (more than 15 minutes) is a vocal performance that collages Dreamsville forum members’ submitted lyrics (mine included). It is a nice souvenir, but it has no business being on this album. “When the Invisible Circus Comes to Town” is a fun guitar/rhythm track from the period, but it also has no business being on this album. If you’re not already intimate with this album – or if it has been a while – I recommend you isolate the four tracks that make the singular statement and play them several times. If forced to add tracks to the core-four of "Non-Stop Mystery Action," I might choose the pure instrumentals "The Raindrop Collector" (And We Fell Into a Dream, 2007) and "All Alone in a Boat of His Own" (Neptune's Galaxy, 2006).
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