Richard Bone | Electropica

Go To Artist Page

Recommended if You Like
Brian Eno Tipsy William Orbit

More Artists From
United States - Rhode Island

Other Genres You Will Love
Electronic: Lounge Electronic: Chill out Moods: Mood: Intellectual
There are no items in your wishlist.


by Richard Bone

Inspired by Antonio Carlos Jobim's classic Wave LP but re-imagined as a mythical resort. Breezes carry a strange alluring perfume. 60's cool becomes 21st century chic. Subtle messages abound. Samples sway, rhythms repeat.
Genre: Electronic: Lounge
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
available for download only
Share to Google +1

To listen to tracks you will need to update your browser to a recent version.

  Song Share Time Download
1. The Andean Grays
Share this song!
5:45 album only
2. Electropica
Share this song!
4:58 album only
3. Waveland
Share this song!
4:35 album only
4. Afrouxe
Share this song!
5:52 album only
5. Little Orpheus
Share this song!
1:58 album only
6. Ipanema 2000
Share this song!
7:33 album only
7. Canguru
Share this song!
3:25 album only
8. Pao Baby!
Share this song!
5:22 album only
9. Puff
Share this song!
5:11 album only
10. Amazona Adeus
Share this song!
5:08 album only
Available as MP3, MP3 320, and FLAC files.


Album Notes
Drenched in an unfamiliar (to me, anyway) nostalgia, Richard Bone's Electropica successfully straddles a line between homage and kitsch. Aloof, yet fun... like coolly rendered elevator music; I can imagine these tunes would have been a smashing success in the far-out '60s; they're definitely groovy today!

Bone dedicates these songs to the Bossa Nova masters, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Luiz Bonfa & Joao Gilberto, but I confess ignorance to the history of the form. If wanting to actually dance, one could always visit Marleen's Richard Bone website and read the How to Bossa Nova page, but I choose to simply soak in the happily detached atmospheres, feet merrily tapping.

A kalimba and light cymbal rhythm are interwoven with wafts of wispy synth, to open The Andean Grays. Electric piano and washes of flute-flavorings rise to the forefront for a bit, along with a brief spoken sample. A more prominent bass and stronger flute-y tones power Electropica, though the track still retains the cool, subdued attitude that is part of this entire excursion. Synth-strings join in for the latter part of the track. Waveland jingles with bells and relatively modern beats, as a lilting lounge piano trickles.

Afrouxe rolls with dense, rounded tones and a perky percussion section. Distant lounge piano and spacy shimmers decorate. With its carefree accordion sounds and chirping birdies, a carnival feel buoys Little Orpheus. Unfortunately, "little" is right... the tracks runs at less than two minutes... Over a hint of surf sound, lazy breezes blow from the horns of Ipanema 2000; less bass and more keyboard action power this longest (7:31) track.

Slightly detuned bell sounds ring out in Canguru. Layers of chiming tones are accentuated by straightforward organ riffs; all the while the rhythm and light percussion steadfastly carry on. The swingin' Pao, Baby! focuses on percussion, organ, bass and occasional sampled vocal blips. A prerecorded horn section joins in for the song's climax. Smooth, retro tones highlight Puff. I can't help but envision some hip, urbane cats and chicks from the '60s at a particularly swank martini bash...

A subsonic bass drone and more modern electro-beat merge with retro-horn and kalimba to form Amazona Adeus, a somewhat different creature, but all the more intriguing as such. Vocal "aahhs" float over the top, rising with the soaring synth-horn passage and string section accompaniment. A 30-second silent track precedes a quirky Untitled Bonus Track, which features pounding bongos, a coolly determined bass-line and a fun bit of psychoanalysis from some hipster-type. (Man, I was groovin' with it, and really wanted to hear the 10 questions!)

While retaining a certain distance, Electropica still stirs up a load of musical fun with its spritely cocktail mix. I haven't followed the "lounge" revival, but this disc should appeal to those fans as well as to modern electronics listeners open for a cool retro party atmosphere. One shakin' Thumb!
from "AmbiEntrance"


to write a review