With a steady stream of releases over the past decade through Dronarivm, SEM, and Tench Michael Cottone has delivered a huge and diverse catalogue of sun drenched, heartwarming ambience as The Green Kingdom. His first release on Lost Tribe Sound sees them convince him to strip back the electronics and focus on more acoustic instrumentation. Find a tree to sit under in the shade and forget the big bad world.
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Sometimes record company interference can be a good thing. Michael Cottone (aka the Green Kingdom) continuing on his own merry electronic way when one of those industry big wigs at Lost Tribe Music suggested he concentrate on the organic and acoustic side of his music. My word has it paid off. 'The North Wind and The Sun' is a gorgeous album.
It surely has been released at the correct time of year in order to soundtrack your trudge through golden leaves. It's full of sparkling, glistening acoustic guitars. It very much sounds to me like a companion piece to Littlebow's lovely '3' which did for me last autumn. It has the same rustic blend of wooden guitars, gentle percussion and haunted woodwind. Cottone utilises the electronica artist and graphic designers eye for keen detail. On 'The Singing River' guitars are layered upon each other but each has a slightly different texture and sits in a different place in the mix so that the whole thing envelops together beautifully.
There are hints of the rural guitar compositions of John Fahey in the circling guitars of 'Virescent' a beautiful woodland treat of a composition. In fact it sounds like Cottone has made this entire record surrounded by trees. It has a beautiful bucolic nature that on 'Adventurine' heads into the territory Boards of Canada explored on 'The Campfire Headphase'.
Really beautiful, stunning stuff. It's not cheap but you'll be getting the perfect autumn soundtrack for your dollar.
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