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Moving Pictures

by KAR Songs

This is the first in a series of releases for KAR Songs. A sound design and production company manned by Keith Ruggiero of the electronic act Soviet. He combines Cinematic and electronic explorations in the same vein as Brian Eno, Vangelis OMD and Giorgio
Genre: Electronic: Soundscapes
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1. Cynthia's Breath
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2. Longing
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3. Ships
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4. Voyeur Capture
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5. Never Leave
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6. Trains
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7. Was It You
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8. In Dreams
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9. The Hard Way
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10. Construct
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11. Stairway Home
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12. Call To Arms
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13. Yoga Fire
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14. Dante's Voyage
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15. Viktoria
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16. Holy Face
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17. FIN
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Album Notes
KAR Songs is comprised of Keith Aaron Ruggiero, a singer/songwriter based in Los Angeles, CA. Ruggiero is no stranger to the music scene, having exploded out of NYC in 2001 with his electropop band Soviet (Ministry Of Sound, Mogul Electro, Head Records). He spent the past two years on the road promoting his album "We Are Eyes. We Are Builders," developing a loyal following around the globe. Ruggiero moved to Los Angeles in 2003 to work on Soviet's second record "Spies In The House of Love." His cinematic style caught the attention of several LA-based motion graphics houses, and it wasn't long before Ruggiero was composing and designing sound to picture. Here marked his entry into television and film production.

With a BFA from Syracuse University for Film Art and a minor in Music, Ruggiero decided to combine his artistic crafts to form his company, KAR Songs. Since its inception, KAR Songs has been sought after to design sound and compose original music for some of the hippest television and film productions. A humble student of such artistic innovators as Danny Elfman, Mark Mothersbaugh, Brian Eno, and Vangelis, Ruggiero hopes to craft a career in a similar vein. With his solid work ethic, practical music industry experience and finely-wrought style, Ruggiero has positioned himself as one of the more promising talents in his field.

When Ruggiero isn't designing sound, you can find him DJing in and around the LA area or performing with his band, Soviet.


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David Bontron

Soviet's power behind the throne's moving instrumental album
I immediately fell in love with Soviet's Candy Girl the first time my girlfriend made me listen to it. For a long time it was the only Soviet's song i knew, because their album "We Are Eyes, We Are Builders" (a quotation of 30's soviet filmmaker Dziga Vertov) wasn't (& isn't still) released here in France. In fact, it was one of the very few tracks on the "Electroclash" compilation i found being really related to 80's synth-pop with its song structure & its openly (new) romantic feeling.

At last, i recently came across Soviet's first album on a US website & purchased it for my highest pleasure, for it stands aside the works of I Satellite, Vitesse or Colder (a french band) as one of the most thrilling example of romantic & melancholic synthpop ever created.
It comes very near to the level of 80's bands like O.M.D., The Wake, New Order, Rational Youth, Yazoo, early Clan of Xymox, John Foxx or Twice A Man (a time when dancing wasn't opposed to being sensitive).

Having by a mere chance came upon Keith Ruggiero's page on Myspace, i learned this present album existed & was actually available on CD Baby (where i ran). Being a former student of Film Art at Syracuse University (NY), Keith A. Ruggiero has developped a wide cinematic range of soundscapes aside his overtly new wave tendencies. This CD demonstrates that his compositions stand very well alone, without a single voice (except for a spoken intro on track 4, "Voyeur Capture", possibly an hommage to british director Michael Powell's movie "The Voyeur"), and is an alternative to dancefloor-friendly headbanging electro.

Some tracks are available on KAR's website with different titles, as "Construct" with its "Thieves Like Us"(New Order)-like rhythm, or "Call To Arms" (previously called "Carey Grant"), but this is overall a must-have for every Soviet & electro-wave fan.