Goldmund
Famous Places


5.0
classic

Review

by BugZoid USER (6 Reviews)
September 14th, 2011 | 15 replies | 5,218 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: When you're given a minimalistic approach to emotion conveyed through music you're left with nothing short of art.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

From the instant “Alberta” chimed through my headphones I knew this was going to be an album that defined a time of my life.

Comprised only of a man and his vision for recreating the images of awe inspiring places with his lullaby-esque key work (with a few minute, synth drones here and there), the first thing one will notice about this album is simply the quality. You can hear the composer plodding away at the keys, the actual key itself being pressed down in an audible fashion. It is evident from the beginning of the record up through its entirety that the revelation of this album is not to show dazzling finger work bouncing up and down the keys, speed blurring the distinction between the simple black and white backdrop, but rather to paint a picture with each track. While some albums blur the barriers between tracks, leading us into the next without showing sign of the last one’s finish, this record is wholly different.

It’s best to consider each one of these pieces of music as a mini symphony of its own. Each one paints a picture of sorts, whether it be upbeat and vibrant or dim and fading. “Alberta” starts us off nicely, with notes that resemble something almost angelic, resonating in a constant and unbroken rhythm. But let it be noticed that once this track’s two and a half minute lifespan is up, much like a stream of consciousness piece of post-classical work, it’s onto the next emotion, without skipping a beat.

While “Bergen” is almost grim in its makeup, though nowhere near menacing, “Bowen” sprinkles through the speakers as almost a mythical sounding work, conjuring images of mystery, but hope at the same time, almost as if to recover from the last track. Skipping ahead, “Dane Street” shows the subtle, soundtrack worthy compositions this artist is capable of, being nothing less than happy rhythm to tap your toes and pop your lips to. While “Fort McClary” dabbles in an almost ambient moment, “Grass Rides” has the potential to bring tears, “Safe Harbor” brings us back down to a thoughtful level of almost monotone proportions (metaphorically speaking), and closer “Saranac” is truly the harmony reminiscent of the end of a journey, the album as a whole comes off as something different from anything else.

Whether it be the obvious stories the composer is telling us which are deeply personal in a way much deeper than words, or the fact that I consider this album to really encompass the overall tone of Fall as a season and a time for life to slow down and let the beauty sink in through all the senses; I can’t pinpoint. But Sputnik has asked me to rank this on a scale that ranges from average to great to excellent, and picking classic was hardly a decision at all.

Dubbing this an album to put on while you’re spending time with your pals is hardly justified, but to call this a classic that will never leave your memory is certainly not a far cry from the plausible.



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BugZoid
September 14th 2011



331 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Hope no one gives me flak for my first review being a 5, but I figured I'd start with something I adored that also happened to have little attention paid to it

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
September 14th 2011



9492 Comments


Good first review, I'll pos you! is this a post-rock album?

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cvlts
September 14th 2011



8917 Comments


this guys music is soo good

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crazyblinddude
September 14th 2011



3389 Comments


Great review, man. This guy is definitely under appreciated on the site. He has tons of great works.

Gyromania
September 15th 2011



14653 Comments


recommended by reviewer:

"Gonjasufi A Sufi and a Killer"

Are you joking? That album has absolutely no place in that section.

crazyblinddude
September 15th 2011



3389 Comments


Helios totes rules. Not a single piece of work is lacking.

crazyblinddude
September 15th 2011



3389 Comments


All about that Unomia man. That album will literally almost instantly relax me.

BugZoid
September 15th 2011



331 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@Omaha: Maybe in some evolved sense of the definition. But it's really just piano music, for lack of a more descriptive term. Symphony-esque.
@Gyro: It relates to me, as I purchased these albums around the same time. And both of these artists are not very well known. And they both have unique music. Good enough relation for me. If you'd like to recommend other piano ballads feel free, but this is how I do it.
Thank you everyone for the good words! Much appreciated.

RedSky
September 15th 2011



276 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pretty similar to:

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/soundoff.php?albumid=59692

Really liking this so far.

scissorlocked
September 15th 2011



3479 Comments


good review bro

I'll check this out

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BugZoid
September 15th 2011



331 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

^ Thanks a lot man!

breesuschrist
September 15th 2011



736 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

liked the review gonna check this out, seems up my alley #sadboiz

breesuschrist
September 15th 2011



736 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dis is cute as shet

toxin.
March 20th 2013



11821 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is pretty nice
sometimes it feels like this isn't going anywhere though

JS19
March 22nd 2013



3638 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I had to change the name of Brown Creek to 'creek' cos I couldn't take it seriously

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