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Lost Horizons

by Abney Park

Steampunk.
Genre: World: Gypsy
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1. Airship Pirate
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2. The Emporer's Wives
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3. Sleep Isabella
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4. She
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5. The Secret Life of Dr Calgori
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6. This Dark and Twisty Road
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7. Herr Drosselmyers Doll
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8. Virus
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9. I am Stretched On Your Grave
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10. Post Apocolaspe Punk
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Evolving from their hybrid of world music and industrial rock that defined their sound in the late 90’s through 2005, Seattle based Abney Park is now fully, blissfully and musically immersed in the fascinating subculture of Steampunk, an artistic movement reflecting the futuristic sensibility of those living in an era where steam power was widely used—usually 19th century Victorian era England.

Creating a fascinating back story for themselves as a band of roving time travelers and airship pirates, the five members of the eclectic group come from an era where airships waged war in the skies and corsets and cummerbunds were proper adventuring attire. The endlessly fascinating ten tracks of their latest CD Lost Horizons perfectly reflect the way they’ve picked up their edgy and exotic musical habits, scoundrelous musicians and anachronistically hybridized instruments from dozens of locations and eras they have visited in their extensive travels.

The collection, whose title is a tribute to the first-ever paperback adventure novel written by British author James Hilton and published in 1933, is a musical reflection of the story of a group of people on the road to the mystical, harmonious valley of Shangri-La, a place lost in time and unaffected by the outside world. Musically, it weaves an expansive tapestry of different styles from an eclectic slate of time periods—from strains of classic Irish folk music and the Middle Eastern percussion music from Turkey and India to Arab Andalusian sounds, gypsy music fused with edgy rock, flamenco, contemporary trip-hop, electronica, dance, industrial and punk.

All of this is carried off with powerful flair by the “Dread Captain Robert”, lead vocalist, songwriter, darbuka player and pilot; Kristina “Angel” Erickson, keyboardist, vocalist, navigator, accountant, skeptic; Daniel “It was supposed to explode” C, bassist, master of gadgets and gizmos, flintlocks and too many fire extinguishers; Finn Von Claret, dancer and backing vocalist who specializes in writhing and wailing and Nathaniel “Two Sheds” Johnstone, guitarist, violinist, stockroom manager and guy who doles out the shots (drinkable and otherwise).

While listening to Abney Park’s full discography from their self titled 1999 debut through classic releases like From Dreams Or Angels and Taxidermy is a cool way to chart a fascinating sonic evolution, the band’s powerful live show has made them a multi-sensory sensation across the U.S. with dates in the works throughout Europe and Australia. During their riotous dervish of a performance, fans—dressed like the band in Victorian adventuring attire, corsets, gators, bowlers, flight helmets, goggles, leather safari vests, big boots, et al—can expect clockwork guitars, belly dancers, flintlock bassists, Middle Eastern percussion, violent violin, and Tesla powered keyboards blazing in a post-apocalyptic, swashbuckling swirl of Steampunk musical mayhem.

In recent years, Abney Park has performed at festivals like Dragon*Con, Saturnalia, Utah Dark Arts, Bats Day, Convergence, Mask and Veil, and Maker’s Fair; each of these audiences numbers from 50-50,000. Adding to the intensely interactive band-audience experience is the store on their website www.abneypark.com that sells band paraphernalia and Steampunk attire like leather flight helmets, airship crew dogtags, safari clothing and swallowtail safari vests, among other fascinating gear, and of course, their music.


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James D. Smith

Great Stuff!
Missed hearing them at Dragoncon 2008, so I borrowed cd from a friend. Loved it! Especially "This Dark and Twisted Road."

hscan

Good
.. This was a quite blind purchase after hearing single track. I ended up saving over half of the tracks on my playlist, but the price is a bit high.
The tracks remind me of Rammstein, sometimes Gregorian chants and so on. I must say these tracks stand out in my playlist - good thing - which has both of the aforementioned artists in it. I have to recommend this, especially if the price drops a little from the $15

Mac McGowan

More, I prithee, More!
I heard about Abney park thru the Rose City Steam group and the Seattle Steamrats, just after their Seattle concert date (darn it!). But I plan to be at the next nearby concert. I would NOT miss it.

Lost Horizons has some hauntingly good songs onboard. I especially like the rollicking "Airship Pirates," which has the feel of a good drinking song, and the ethereal "World of Dr. Calgori," which has Beatles-esque use of the tight high-end isolation on vocals played against a rich sound stage that yields a vast and spacious feel to the song. "This Dark and Twisted Road" provides counterpoint, with an almost western guitar riff that puts me in mind of a running horse. Absolutely stunning vocals, keyboard and violin/viola stylings throughout.

This album has many moods, but it is fueled by the same energy and a fine combination of musical talent, so it holds together very well. I highly recommend this CD, and am looking for more good music from this band!!!

Michael T. Schell

Full Steam Ahead!
This is my first CD purchase of this band and it will not be my last. Techno-Industrial style music with a steam punk twist is how I would categorize this band, and although I am not lucky enough to live in CA to see them live I can enjoy the music to just listen on its own or as I'm writing in this genre. Very good music.

clarissa cain

Well loved in my Household
I "discovered" Abney Park from the MTV bit, via Voltaire's posting the link on his myspace blog. I listened to Airship Pirates, and was hooked. My toddler heard it, too, and as he is currently obsessed with all things piratical, demands it be played if a) im on the computer b)its nap time or c) we are in the car.
"Lost Horizons" gets a LOT of playtime. Disagreeing with prior poster, they're ALL noteworthy, and every song has a completely different feel to it, stylistically. I'm planning on using Herr Drosselmeyers Doll as a mood piece in a Grimm (rpg pen and paper game) piece I'm going to be running. I am Stretched at Your Grave is a great take on the song, just as good if not better than Sinead O'Connor's back in the day...and if you wait long enough after the last track, there's a track 11. It doesn't start playing til almost 2 minutes in, and is very short...Ballad of Captain Robert. Gee, Cappy, who'd that be about? It's a great album, worth every penny. Even the CD itself is neat, looking like an antique music box disc. The actual physical album needs to be purchased for full effect.

Lee Mayes

Wonderful nonsesense!
A sporting display of technological prowess mixed with bully singing and spot on story-telling. Highly recommended if your an appreciator of good tunes and exotica...but not recomended if your stuck squarely in our sad modern world.

Robert

Also well-loved in our household
I discovered Abney Park through an article on Steampunk, and then their web site. So that was the hook that got me into the first and last tracks of the CD, and then the rest of it grew on me. Happened to have it on in the card, and now my kids like it as well.

Justin

steampunk rocks!
very cool and original sound!