Alpha | Lost in a Garden of clouds part 2

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Lost in a Garden of clouds part 2

by Alpha

Second part in the series. Instrumentals of love and loss. Contemporary soundtrack from the Bristol's most heartbreaking band. Electronic, acoustic, laid back vibe.
Genre: Electronic: Trip Hop
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1. Theme
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2. You Know
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3. Last Night
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4. Elevator
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5. Hooper
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6. Terrify
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7. Pike
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8. Could have missed it
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9. The Things you might 2
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10. Castlefranc
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11. Ranch
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12. Rum
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13. Watergate
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14. To the sea
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15. Backward
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16. Theme 2
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
* Alpha release the second half of their 'Lost In A Garden Of Clouds'
series, a 16 track mix of some of their instrumental affairs, including
some of the original rarities that first got them signed to Massive
Attack's Melankolic label.
* This is Corin Dingley's and Andy Jenks' sixth album release (three for
Virgin/Melankolic, three for Don't Touch) and closely follows their
recent production work for the universally acclaimed James Roberts album
('Everything You Know Is Right') that came out in February. This album
follows a similar style to part one with it's sleepy loops & rhythms and
soaring strings, but is on the whole a lot more upbeat cd than it's
predecessor. Tracks such as 'Elevator' and 'The Things You Might Do'
wouldn't be out of place on the Super Discount albums.
* Alpha are often compared to such artists as Air, Blue States and The
Avalanches, and whilst those comparisons are fair, it is often forgotten
that Alpha were the first to "evoke the colours that swim in your
eyeballs after you have been staring at the sun too long" (David Stubbs,
Uncut Magazine). Whilst experimental, and clearly in love with digital
sounds, it is not difficult to understand why someone like Massive
Attack were originally attracted to this group's understanding of basic
melancholic melody undoubtedly derived from their huge love of artists
such as Michel Legrand, Brian Eno and Burt Bacharach.
*Alpha will remain constantly busy for the rest of this year. Right now
they are producing the James Roberts single, and have just finished work
on their own 'remix' album which will be out this spring featuring mixes
and collaborations they have done with (amongst others) Acid Casuals
(the single 'Bowl Me Over'), Coldplay (a mix of 'Yellow' that was a
fanclub-only 7"), Massive Attack (mix of 'Inertia Creeps'), Jarvis
Cocker (a cover of a Richard Harris song), James Roberts and and Horace
Andy.
They are also currently producing the debut albums by Wendy Stubbs and
The Heavy for release later this year both of which will appear on their
Don't Touch label.


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properlychilled

Fantastic headphone journey through cinematic downtempo.
Alpha have returned to their instrumental series that dips into cinematic vibes, obscure samples and beautifully haunting melodies. I listened to Pt1 one and then put on Pt2 and it made so much sense that I recommend picking up both. They are far more than a random selection of instrumentals. Each disc sets a mood and Pt2 has a more hopeful feel to it as evident in the tracks Elevator and Hooper. Don't worry, there is no cheese and the tracks all have a very downbeat vibe. The great thing about Alpha is their ability to tap into various emotions with their use of strings and piano/Rhodes as in Could Have Missed It. The electronics compliment and never overbear the mood and more importantly the melodies. Backward is a prime example that has a slow electronic beat that is matched with swelling strings and moving melodies. Alpha haven't forgotten the groove and they get down on tracks like Pike and Rum that work well as a dubby slow-driving house song. One additional comment, this album is best heard in its entirety and in a relaxed setting as to appreciate the full stereophonic experience.