Originally Penguin Cafe Orchestra, after the death of Simon Jeffes, his son Arthur Jeffes took the helm and to mark the new chapter renamed them as just simply Penguin Cafe. In this next step of the cafe, they have moved to Erased Tapes and are encorporating more contemporary influences into their inimitable style. Focusing on dance music and electronica they rework themes with live instrumentation and acoustic instruments. Features remixes of tracks by Kraftwerk and Simian Mobile Disco.
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Limited Vinyl LP £18.99 ERATP097LE
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Right, this is a bloody lovely record and also a feel-nice story in that it's headed up by Arthur Jeffes the son of Simon Jeffes who ran the original Penguin Cafe Orchestra who made exuberant neo-classical throughout the 80s and 90s until his untimely death in 1997. Penguin Cafe, though containing no members of the original orchestra, are continuing the tradition producing a wealth of wonderfully uplifting pieces that take similarly influence from composers such as Philip Glass, folk music and introduce elements of modern day electronica.
The opening piece 'Ricecar' is an absolute delight and pisses all over any minimal-influenced neo-classical I've heard in years. A brilliant brew of busy staccato rhythms and beautiful keening strings. It's like the piece is alive, an ever flowing, ever mutating living being. 'Cantoram' too is delicious, with hints of Sakamoto at his most scenic, it again superbly combines jittering percussive playing and emotional lead violin. The elements of electronica that Jeffes hints at in the press release are best heard in the more minimal 'Half Certainty' and 'Franz Schubert' which tinker quietly blending intricate percussion with traditional instruments. The best bits for me though are the more realised pieces such as the stunning 'Protection' where Northumbrian pipes wheeze over rolling guitar and piano, a superb windswept amalgamation of the traditional and the modern.
Stunning contemporary classical music. Dad would be proud.
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