Anawaty & Russell | Analog Universe

Go To Artist Page

Recommended if You Like
David Helpling and Jon Jenkins Hammock Patrick O'Hearn

More Artists From
United States - Oregon

Other Genres You Will Love
New Age: Ambient World: World Fusion Moods: Mood: Dreamy
There are no items in your wishlist.

Analog Universe

by Anawaty & Russell

Containing 10 tracks with a runtime of 38 minutes, the album guides listeners through a variety of moods, melodies, textures and grooves, keeping them engaged in the moment while also allowing them the space to ponder. Analog Universe redefines the ambient genre to include post-rock with flavours of smooth jazz and some decidely edgy moments. It forms a musical journey across several continents in an series of tracks that can serve as simple ambience, or take center stage in the listener’s psyche. It is an audiophile’s dream, produced with great care and focus on atmosphere and sonics, as delightful played quietly in the background as impressive when played at maximum volume.
Genre: New Age: Ambient
Release Date: 

We'll ship when it's back in stock

Order now and we'll ship when it's back in stock, or enter your email below to be notified when it's back in stock.
Sign up for the CD Baby Newsletter
Your email address will not be sold for any reason.
Continue Shopping
cd in stock order now
Buy 2 or more of this title and get 30% off
Share to Google +1

Tracks

Available as MP3, MP3 320, and FLAC files.

To listen to tracks you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.

Sorry, there has been a problem playing the clip.

  song title
share
time
download
1. Theme for an Imaginary Noir
Share this song!
X
1:46 $0.99
2. On the Beach
Share this song!
X
4:50 $0.99
3. Analog Radio
Share this song!
X
0:51 $0.99
4. Analog Universe
Share this song!
X
4:39 $0.99
5. Where You Hide
Share this song!
X
3:58 $0.99
6. If Only I Could
Share this song!
X
4:11 $0.99
7. Anotherworldly
Share this song!
X
6:35 $0.99
8. A Space in Time
Share this song!
X
4:04 $0.99
9. Waiting for the Suns to Go Down
Share this song!
X
2:12 $0.99
10. Deep Sighting
Share this song!
X
4:49 $0.99
preview all songs

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"It’s a great crossover disc that should appeal to New Age/world fans, jazz lovers, and folks just into quality instrumental music. Get this disc." -Hypnagogue Reviews

"..there are some hummable melodies, danceable rhythms, and poignant moments that keep listeners engaged in the moment while providing the space to ponder and relax.." -Mainly Piano

"a sonically beautiful and soulful group of compositions" -Chuck Wild (Liquid Mind, Missing Persons)

"it is AMAZING" -Renée Blanche, host of "Night Tides"

"You just wanna listen track after track, why stop?" -Spacemusic.nl

Cass Anawaty and Paul Russell continue their collaborative journey with their second original release, “Analog Universe”. Containing 10 tracks with a runtime of 38 minutes, the album guides listeners through a variety of moods, melodies, textures and grooves, keeping them engaged in the moment while also allowing them the space to ponder.

Analog Universe redefines the ambient genre to include post-rock with flavours of smooth jazz and some decidely edgy moments. It forms a musical journey across several continents in an series of tracks that can serve as simple ambience, or take center stage in the listener’s psyche. It is an audiophile’s dream, produced with great care and focus on atmosphere and sonics, as delightful played quietly in the background as impressive when played at maximum volume.

Analog Universe was recorded at Sunbreak Music, Portland, Oregon USA and Calamity Studio, KL, Malaysia and Singapore. It was mixed and mastered at by Paul and Cass at Sunbreak Music. The album will also form the soundtrack of a short film which will be released in part of 2013.

This diverse yet focused release features performances from many of the players on “Monjour”, the duo’s previous release, as well as some new guests, namely:

-Jeff Leonard (Bass Guitar) who was a member of Tom Grant’s band for 5 studio recordings and tours, and is currently a member of Upper Left Trio, an experimental jazz band. Jeff also released three records as half of the duo “Val Gardena”, an ambient smooth jazz venture.

-Don Latarski (Melodic Guitar on “Analog Universe”), the renowned instructor/author and Co-Chair of University of Oregon Guitar Studies. Don plays the main melody on the title track.

-Charley Langer (Alto Saxophone, “Theme for an Imaginary Noir”), Solo Smooth Jazz artist, with a current critically acclaimed CD release entitled “Never the Same”.

-Benjy Wertheimer (Esraj, “A Space in Time”), founding member of Ancient Future. Benjy is currently recording and touring as Shantala (with his wife Heather), a Kirtan-chant project.

-Dale Bradley (Cello, “Theme for an Imaginary Noir, Deep Sighting”), a member of Oregon Mozart Players and Eugene Symphony Orchestra, as well as Mason William’s Band (Classical Gas).

-Peter Hollens (Vocal Ambiences, “A Space in Time”), Co-founder of “On the Rocks”, University of Oregon’s A Cappella group, Peter was a favorite on NBC’s “The Sing Off”. He is also a Youtube star, gaining millions of views with his original a cappella versions of pop songs.

-Mark Zonder (Drums, “Another Worldly”), widely considered to be one of the most influential drummers in progressive rock/metal, Mark was a member of Prog-Rock band “Fates Warning” and served as the driving beat behind pop/new wave group “Animotion”.

-Romy Benton, (Flute), Bamboo Flute maker, session player, artist.




Reviews


to write a review

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Analog Universe" is the second album in a three-part collaboration with Cass Anawaty and Paul Russell, following 2009’s "Monjour." By presenting a fascinating combination of acoustic and electronic instrumentation as well as melodic and ambient music stylings, the duo has created a listening experience that is both very different and very familiar. Calling the overall style of the album “post rock,” there are some hummable melodies, danceable rhythms, and poignant moments that keep listeners engaged in the moment while providing the space to ponder and relax. Along with ambient and post-rock, the music contains elements of smooth jazz, prog rock, film music, and space music - quite an unusual combination that makes all ten tracks distinctive and unique. Cass Anawaty appears on lead acoustic and electric guitars, piano, synths and synth programming, hand percussion and “otherworldly textural processing.” Paul Russell plays primitive acoustic, bass, and electric guitars, keyboards, synth, groove and rhythm programming. They share composing, recording, and mastering credits. The list of back-up musicians is impressive and includes artists from classical, ambient, jazz, progressive rock, metal, and pop genres performing on guitars, cello, sax, esraj, drums, vocal ambiences, and flute.

"Analog Universe" begins with “Theme for an Imaginary Noir,” a haunting and atmospheric piece that features Charley Langer on alto sax. This relatively short composition segues into “On the Beach,” which is much more ambient at the beginning, but becomes more rhythmic and melodic as it develops; Romy Benton’s flutes are especially effective on this track. “Analog Radio” is a short acoustic guitar piece with a lot of reverb that flows into the title track, my favorite. This beautiful piece reminds me of some of the slow dance music from my youth. Soulful electric guitar and a strong rhythm are a bit nostalgic while the atmospheric keyboards bring it up-to-date - a very interesting contrast. As the title suggests, “Anotherworldly” takes us on a mysterious journey to a place we’ve never been. Guitars and floating keyboard sounds carry us along until the drums and flute enter, giving the piece a fluid melody and a vibrant pulse and taking it closer to jazz territory, back to ambient and a gradual fade-out. 
“A Space in Time” contains elements of classic space music, but the semi-melodic strings put this piece place it in a different category - again, a fascinating combination of styles!

"Analog Universe" is quite a different recording, but isn’t so “out there” as to be off-putting to more traditional listeners. Cass Anawaty and Paul Russell are both obviously very talented and experienced musicians, and while some of this music borders on experimental, it is also very listenable and enjoyable. Check it out!