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Okay, I’ve not heard of this dude before but he’s a fella from New Zealand who’s been doing the whole music thing since 2001. So he’s successfully avoided my radar for 11 years now. His success is over on that front now as I know of him. How do you like them apples Sheehan? Preco have released what looks like his fourth album with his most recent album (‘Seven T ...

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Standing In Silence / Seven Tales Of The North Wind by Rhian Sheehan
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8/10 Phil Staff review, 04 July 2012

Okay, I’ve not heard of this dude before but he’s a fella from New Zealand who’s been doing the whole music thing since 2001. So he’s successfully avoided my radar for 11 years now. His success is over on that front now as I know of him. How do you like them apples Sheehan? Preco have released what looks like his fourth album with his most recent album (‘Seven Tales Of The North Wind’) in a handy box. So you get the chance to catch up on a chunk of his work in one fell swoop.

Essentially Rhian makes beautiful electronic ambient soundscapes swathed in twinkliness. I’ve garnered this from the first ten minutes or so. The combinations of glockenspiel, music box and electronica make it sound somewhere in between Plaid and instrumental bits of Sigur Ros. Mind you it’s not as beaty as Plaid nor is it as post-rocky as Sigur Ros but if you hear it you’ll know what I mean. Ploughing on through the album (I’m only listening to ‘Standing In Silence’ here as time is my enemy) I’m enjoy the whole melodic electronic thing and the neoclassical touches here and there are hitting the spot. I’m even reminded of folks like Isan, Colleen, Melodium, etc at times.

The thing I like about a lot of albums from artists from far-flung countries with beautiful landscapes is you can really hear how it’s influenced the music. This is no exception and if you’re somewhere safe you could shut your eyes and drift off to lush hilliness in seconds. I suppose that’s why they call it pastoral. Epic stuff.


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