A soundtrack by a European music for a film shot in Africa with Japanese artwork, the internationalist spirit truly inhabits Alessio Ballerini. Wiwanana's soundtrack is one of gentle electronics and warm arpeggios, Ballerini's music conveys the sunshine and lens flare that defines the film's palette.
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In utterly prepost-a-packaging that must have taken 50 years to put together, this is the latest release on Fluid Audio. For those who like collecting bespoke packaged records and CDs this is for you but also we should pay some attention to the music that is contained somewhere within the package. It's a series of short instrumental vignettes made for a film about African wildlife. Unlike a lot of the music of this genre the pieces are very brief so if you don't like one there'll be another along in a minute. Not that you won't like any of this stuff - it's too nice to actually not like but there are highlights amongst it.
My favourite is 'On the Road (rework)' which is as nice as any of the beatless compositions Boards of Canada have drifted out during their existence but in terms of style it's an anomaly as much of the remainder is made up of arpeggio'd fake strings and soft glacial synths, some not sounding unlike the beginning of many a Sigur Ros song. 'Africa Colors' sounds like what it is - music for a wildlife documentary - with all the drama that you would expect. With bar the odd kick drum and bit of fluttering percussion, Ballerini keeps this low key only using a couple of instruments at a time leaving the listener blissed out in all the beauty of it.
And if the music doesn't do it for you then simply sniff the sleeve for your kicks.
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