Module's Debut double album Remarkable Engines. 15 tracks of electronics + bonus disk Movement (Piano Works) Released on LOOP Recordings AOT(EAR)OA.
I've had both discs in this album-plus-bonus-disc set running pretty well non-stop for nearly two weeks now (hence the lateness of this review) and I pretty well find it indispensable in my daily life now. It's a definite throwback to the mid-1990s style of ambient-yet-beaty sound, at about the point where ambient and the dreaded trip-hop sound met for a millisecond. And while in a dozen other circumstances that would be enough to make me run a mile out the door and hide under a bush, with "Remarkable Engines" it actually endeared itself to me by being just that.
Tracks like "I Neva Dared" and the Jess Chamber's sung "Twilight Stolen" are ethereal to the point that I found myself just kind of… drifting off into unconsciousness in the middle of doing work, and when I was just 'laxing out listening to them, boom! Good night nurse, don't forget the screens.
The two tracks with Paul 'Gramsci' Mclaney singing (and playing guitar) "Love and Not The Lesson" and "Fault Lines" work delightfully well too.
Instrumentals underpin this album though, notably on the bonus disc "Movement" of near-classical piano work.
But with tracks like "Slowly and Silently", "Stars and Sky", "What It Seems" and "Moving Static", although it does seem lame to refer to them as instrumentals, conveying as they do much if not more emotion and feeling than the vocal tracks.
this album is very New Zealand, I can't put my finger on exactly why, but it definitely is. A great bit of summertime listening Recommended.
released November 5, 2005
Written and Performed by Module AKA Jeramiah Ross
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