The Calm: Moonage Electric Ensemble

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Release Date: 11-03-2023

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The Calm: Moonage Electric Ensemble

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Following on from the warm reception to Hell Yeah and Music Conception reissuing Calm's cult Before album, the labels have come together once more to offer up a reissue of the Japanese master's highly sought-after long player 'Moonage Electric Ensemble'. The hard-to-find original has been given an all-new mixdown from original stem files and then re-mastered by Calm himself, and the double LP will also come with a bonus 12' featuring his very own 'Daydream Dubs', plus an obi-strip and original artwork by FJD. The blissful yet soul-stirring 'Moonage Electric Ensemble', which landed first in 1999, was Kiyotaka Fukagawa's stunning sophomore album and the one that kept the bar high following his debut 'Shadow of the Earth'. It investigated all new worlds of future jazz, ambient and downtempo and has since become a cult classic that often fetches three figures on secondhand markets. He has released over 18 albums since, including 'Before' which was reissued in 2022, though 'Moonage Electric Ensemble' remains a favorite with those who enjoy the most accomplished and innovative sounds from the first wave of chillout. This escapist charmer opens with the suspensory synths and piano keys of 'Unseen Small Steps' featuring spoken words from Dan Gamble, then 'Light Year' has gently tumbling rhythms and shimming synth moving about the soothing mix. 'Noon at the Moon' brings gorgeously fizzing future jazz drums and mellifluous piano playing full of subtle joy, and 'The Other Side Of The Moon' then layers up melancholic chords and chunkier rhythms that are detailed with gorgeous persuasive details and mystic flutes. 'Tsukiyo' is a new age charmer with paddy hand drums and romantic interplay between sax and trumpet, 'Between Worlds' is an ambient interlude with distant winds blowing and intimate whispers from Gamble before closer 'Authentic Love Song' rides on dusty trip hop breaks as lazy piano chords melt the heart and Gamble serves up another aloof monologue. This is another welcome reissue of a sublime album that is not only one of Calm's finest but also a true gem in the wider world of downtempo music. Tracklisting: Original A1. Unseen Small Steps A2. Light Years A3. Noon at the Moon A4. The Other Side of the Moon B1. Tsukiyo B2. Between Worlds B3. Authentic Love Song B4. Oasis Daydream Dubs C1. Light Years (Daydream Dub) C2. Noon at the Moon (Daydream Dub) C3. The Other Side of the Moon (Daydream Dub) D1. Tsukiyo (Daydream Dub) D2. Authentic Love Song (Daydream Dub) D3. Oasis (Daydream Dub)

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