Blue Dahlia | This Floating World

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This Floating World

by Blue Dahlia

World Fusion mixing electronic, jazz, pop and even a tinge of bluegrass
Genre: World: World Fusion
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1. Wolf in the Wind
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2. Rue Dauphine
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3. Love and Hate
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4. Dervish
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5. This Floating World
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6. Watch How the Rain Comes in Waves
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7. Sans Souci
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8. Farther Up and Farther In
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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A successful creative venture since 1995, Blue Dahlia continues to expand its musical horizons. A label for this group? World fusion! They tread easily through samba, tango, spoken-word, and waltz, trading blues for rock and rock for bluegrass. They mix hammered dulcimer and mandolin with lyrics in Czech, French, and Japanese. Touted by the Detroit Free Press as, "more adventurous than anyone else dares to be", Blue Dahlia's creative signature knows no bounds. Blue Dahlia is a unique modern music quartet. Hypnotizing vocals tethered to plummeting bass lines create a perfect line of tension for delicate and driving guitar melody, all supported by a complex framework of multi-ethnic percussion. With artistic sensibilities stretching around the globe and across time, their original music has an unusually broad range of appeal. The group's body of work includes numerous recordings, live performance of original soundtracks for silent film, commercial soundtracking, artistic collaboration, and more. Blue Dahlia's film repertoire boasts original scores for Buster Keaton's silent comedies Seven Chances and The General, Clara Bow's romantic comedy It among others.
Blue Dahlia remains busy with appearances, recording, and continual creation. Visit www.bluedahlia.com for information regarding current news and events.


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Paul Sizer

A stunning, pan-cultural combination of influences and colors.
With the sheer amount of music in the world, it’s to be expected to hear other artist’s influence in any new recording. There’s only so many notes out there, and only so many time signatures and audio effects, so the trick for any band is to find new combinations of what exists and put their own stamp on it. Given this challenge, bLuE daHLia’s This Floating World is an album that earns the distinction of being a combination you’ve never heard before. And the resulting combination is stunning.

This Floating World is a gorgeous wash of influences and music, picking carefully from a wide and beautiful set of colors, and mixing them to produce songs imported from another realm. Sharp-eared listeners will hear the band’s love of such artists as Dead Can Dance, This Mortal Coil, David Sylvain, Harold Budd, Brian Eno, The Cocteau Twins (and far too many others to mention), but they’ll also hear how Blue Dahlia takes this love and uses it as a jumping-off point to create their own world of sound and sonics. The atmosphere of the album is rich with well-tempered production that enhances what the musicians are doing, rather than smothering it. There’s a thoughtful mix of effects and knowing when to back away and let the acoustics come through, which speaks well of the band’s self-production.

The title track, This Floating World, is the best example of all of the pan-cultural influences the band is using coming together in an extraordinary way. Ambient soundscapes giving way to ghostly melody lines, further giving way to chanting vocals, this 11-plus minute song is epic in the correct sense of the word, moving the listener through a lush, aural landscape that moves along a narrative. The interweaving of musical lines throughout the song is at times dense, and at times brittle and spare.
Bottom line, it’s an incredibly well-written song with a hook that rewards you for listening.

The balance that unites this album so strongly is that it keeps one foot in the corporeal (with the percussive and acoustics) and the other in the ethereal (with the gorgeous washes of sustained instruments and other-worldly vocals). Too often this style of music leans too hard on one or the other; This Floating World succeeds because it realizes that both are integral to the whole. This album is an aural journey through a world very much like ours and, at the same time, a world in which we’ve yet to arrive.