Angophora is the project of Max Santilli and Jacob Fugar, a lush response to the environment their influence, the Australian outback. Though this is clear throughout the album, there are also links the more synthetic exotica, and a surprising and entirely welcome shade of Japanese avant garde pop music from the 80s.
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This is odd. No sooner have I finished with one album of exotica (Jonny Nash and Lindsay Todd) that I pick up another one. This time rather than Bali we are in the Australian outback and this time the chirps and squeaks and ticks are combined with digeridoo and some 80's drum machine. It's a strange combination that sounds both out there but also reminds me of the time Sting hung out with the rainforest people. The album has the sort of guitar trills that word work pretty well on a gas station bought new age tape and I'm not sure where the line is drawn and if there even is a line between Ian "Ray" Raymond-approved tie-die new age and modern day 'exotica' composition.
I should probably stop fretting about it though and just enjoy the music which I am actually. Especially on tracks like 'Interchange' which has just taken me off into a quite lovely sound world. There are some pretty 80s shapes synths about too especially on 'Uncarved' which sounds like the intro of a Cyndi Lauper ballad stuck on a loop.
But there's something about it that brings on waves of nostalgia. It's perfect relaxing music, familiar shards of the past combine with soothing soundscapes but provide one of the best in car relaxation tapes for the stressed out businessman.
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