Mico Nonet | The Marmalade Balloon

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The Marmalade Balloon

by Mico Nonet

Mico Nonet blends an ambient minimalist layer of vintage analog synthesizers with cello, viola, oboe and french horn improvised by members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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10. the marmalade balloon
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Album Notes
Tracks from the album have been broadcast on Echoes, Star's End Ambient Radio, New Sounds, Chiller Cabinet, Schall + Raum, Quiet Space, Soundscapes, di.fm Ambient, Galactic Travels, Secret Music, Nocturnal Transmissions, Neptune Currents, Late Night Live, and Performance Today.

The Marmalade Balloon has been included in The Silent Ballet's top 50 releases of 2007 and Star's End Ambient Radio's significant releases of 2007 list, has been reviewed by The Silent Ballet, Echoes, Textura, Vital Weekly, Tokafi, Sonic Curiousity, Star's End, Aufabwegen, Bad Alchemy, Almost Cool, and Cyclic Defrost, and was featured on the cover of Pitchfork Media.

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"The Marmalade Balloon is the year's ultimate flirtation with subtlety and seductiveness. Existing somewhere between the neo-classical and the ambient, Mico Nonet fashion a world that is hazy and succinct, at times dark and haunting and others playful and inspiring, but always open to personal interpretation. The balance between musicians is gracefully maintained, where neither the electronics nor the strings are ever overly pronounced as to withdraw the listener from the intoxicating, spellbinding trance which The Marmalade Balloon invokes. The future will certainly take this musical act on a variety of different presentations, but with their strong understanding of musical space and development, we're confident that they'll be a favorite for years to come. " Jordan Volz, The Silent Ballet

"Once all the synths and sequencers have echoed out and it is time to return to Earth, STAR'S END turns to The Marmalade Balloon (36'42"), a smart, artfully constructed EP by Mico Nonet. Played on conventional chamber instruments (viola, cello, oboe, french horn) plus a well-hidden synthesizer, this work combines the idea of ambient music with the sophisticated sensibilities of the classical quartet. The most difficult part of this undertaking was in directing the virtuosic talents of four seasoned orchestra musicians towards a music that achieves a sustained atmosphere - away from the familiar climax and release of their repertoire. The Marmalade Balloon succeeds in maintaining a gradual coalescence throughout. Somber thematic workings move with deliberate slowness as this group carefully strides towards a sense of quiet musical contemplation. Through a unique intuition, the musicians leave enough room not only for one another, but for silence as well. The result is an incredibly beautiful and elegant music, so fragile that at any moment it may dissolve into thin air." Chuck van Zyl, Star's End Ambient Radio


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Funny, I came to this choice because it's linked with Sigur Ros, mum, & Brian Eno. That wouldn't be my categorisation -- it's way more accessible, occasionally bordering on mainstream, than the other artists named. Yet it's got some serious indie cred. I can play it loud and not go running for the volume when my mother stops in for a visit. Go figure. A good purchase.