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Bloom

by Amun Ra

Modern kinetic blend of breakbeats, neo-soul, electronica, acid jazz, and world music.
Genre: Electronic: Breakbeat/Breaks
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1. Ancient Sky
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2. Bloom
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3. Time
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4. Spiritual Expedition
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5. Maybe Rodin
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6. El Zahf
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7. Family Portrait
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8. Step Back
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9. Unsuccessul Sperm
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10. All Eye C
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"[These] songs don't unfold; they glide along. Some prompt you to dance a little, while others are perfect soundtracks for chilling out. The high-quality musicianship, though, always begs to be heard." -- James Reed, Boston Globe.

AMUN RA is a Boston-based rock band blending soulful pop songwriting with breakbeats and electronica. The music mixes lush melodies, swarthy jazz breakdowns, and frenetic drum'n'bass beats to create a passionate melange of crowd moving electro-rock. The work follows the modern-day musical tradition that has been established by the likes of Stereolab, U2, Thievery Corporation and Boston underground heroes, Club d'Elf.

AMUN RA was founded in mid-2002, and consists of veteran drummer Ed Arnold, bassist Nate Horney, Neil Larson on synthesizers, guitarist Misha Rutman, and vocalist Emily Shirley whose electrifying presence and heart-stopping voice have left audiences reeling from Boston to NYC to Burlington, VT. AMUN RA has built an enthusiastic following among Northeast music fans that come back again and again for their energetic performances.

In 2003 the band had released their debut CD aptly titled "Bloom." The CD earned praise from both critics and music fans, and after repetitive stops across New England and a highly successful radio push the initial pressing has sold out. The album is currently spinning on a number of college and AAA radio stations such as, WFNX, WERS, WMBR, and WMFO. Their sophomore effort, recorded and co-produced by Brian Knoth at Theta State Studios, is nearing completion and is slated for a fall '05 release. The new album, titled "A Thousand Ticking Clocks", showcases the more driving and dance-oriented side of AMUN RA. It bends and sings and never lets up on the beat.

In 2004 the Boston Globe named AMUN RA one of four up-and-coming bands to see live. While AMUN RA has only been together for two short years, its mailing list has grown to nearly 1000 fans. AMUN RA keeps a steady gigging schedule in the Northeast, and continues to win new fans in the Boston area venues such as the Lizard Lounge and The Middle East, in New York City's Lion's Den, Brooklyn's Stinger Club, as well as other venues across New England.

AMUN RA has played over 100 live shows in it's two year existence while sharing the stage with other notable Boston bands such as Moonraker, Lovewhip, Emergency Music, Superhoney, Nikulydin, Fluttr Effect and many others. AMUN RA has also performed around New England with some esteemed national acts, such as Melvin Sparks, Cyro Baptista's Beat the Donkey (Trey Anastasio, Paul Simon), Aaron Katz (Percy Hill), Sam Kininger (Soulive), Mister Rourke (Soulive, Club d'Elf).


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Jeff Robinson

Simply Amazing
Simply labeling Amun Ra's debut album as just trip-hop or jazz-rock is unfair. "Bloom" infuses jazz, rock, trip-hop, and phish-like live presence into something fresh and vibrant. The first thing that caught my attention when listening to this CD is the pure quality of the songs. The instruments all blend well but are disparate and distinguishable from one another. Emily's vocals are inspiring and powerful and compliment the groove traveling alongside her. It's obvious this band's bread-and-butter lies in their live-on-stage performances but none of that energy is lost in the translation to CD. Along with Moonraker's "Breath...live 2002," Amun Ra's "Bloom" is forging an entirely new, and fantastic, genre. Buy this right now!

rwood@mpgnews.com

Too good to pass over
Trip-hop hit its peak in the mid to late 1990s when Tricky tip-hopped his way through North American clubs nightly.

It later settled back into its obscure corner of the music world. But after one listen to Boston's Amun Ra there's no doubt the infectious beat-heavy rhythms are making a comeback. And with these slick cats it comes with a more soulful, jazzy and funked-up texture.

Singer Emily Shirley possesses a voice so sultry and smooth it has the capability of luring in anyone in its path.

The musicians that back Shirley -- guitarist Misha Rutman, bassist Azukizawa Hirotsugu, keyboardist Neil Larson and drummer Nadjim Kebir -- are just as fresh.

From the beatury of tracks like "Ancient Sky" and "Time" to the deep bass grooves of "Maybe Rodin" and in and out of the slinky drum'n'bass of foundation of "Bloom," the album is too good to pass over.

Dan Shure

Great Debut Album!
Bloom displays excellent vocal talent, sensative musicianship, and creative songwriting. A great balance of organic grooves, electronica, creative instrumental textures, and raw emotion. Ancient Sky, Time, and Family Portrait are the highlights.

vt_donkey

gimme more!
GREAT!!! What a voice!!!!!!!!!!!

dfrog

great!!!
i bought this cd, and then i caught amun ra live at bill's bar the other night, and they were great! the album is so versatile and cool. great chilled vibes; but live these guys exploded! all i can say is WOW! get this cd. see them live if you can.

GT from BKNY

Totally slick debut--a multi-course aural trip.
This is an extremely rich album—and all the more impressive in light of the fact that it’s the band’s first. The ensemble is tightly honed (none of the trendified bullshit sloppiness that seems lately to have infiltrated the indy scene) and while most of the tracks draw on jazz/funk idioms, they are frequently so adventurous rhythmically and harmonically that it is hard to pin down a precise genre. Badass solos abound from Larson (keys) and Rutman (guitar) that will surprise the ear even after countless listens (e.g. check out the former’s midway through “Unsuccessful Sperm”) and Shirley’s nuanced vocals are by turns mesmerizing (‘Family Portrait’) and exhilarating (refrain of ‘Maybe Rodin’).
Possibly the best overall feature is the emotional gamut the ten tracks manage to cover. A beginning-to-end listen is a colorful ride indeed--from the explosive claustraphobic tension of ‘Maybe Rodin’ to the contemplative groove of ‘Spiritual Expedition’ to the relentless funk-swagger of ‘El Zahf’ to the breezy ecstasy of ‘Time’… and so on—easily more than your money’s worth. Mad props to AR for this offering, looking very much forward to the next!