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Under the Shady Tree

by Shadyzane

Welcome to the electro-acoustic world of ShadyZane. The combination of a retro aesthetic, lush textures and sneaky beats.
Genre: Electronic: Down Tempo
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1. Len Lye Shady Zane
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2. Night Flight to Bern Shady Zane
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3. Sat Nam Shady Zane
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4. Wolf Hour Shady Zane
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5. Chimp Shady Zane
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6. Shavee Shady Zane
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7. Fragments Shady Zane
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8. Fluvial Shady Zane
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9. When in your ears, Spiders whisper dreams Shady Zane
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10. Breathe Shady Zane
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Shadyzane builds his palette primarily from acoustic sources, fusing these sounds with contemporary textures and grooves. The resulting electro-acoustic audio canvases illustrate musical influences born out of a dark jazz tip, and a studied knowledge of the classical tradition.


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Wonderful work, and arty fun!
Many worlds collide, albeit gently, when Len Lye begins this 10-song/41.5-minute excursion... Crisp, sparse percussive effects are lightly strewn amongst shifting electronic mists and fragmented bits of classical music elements, including soft strings and even bits of female opera-voice... all very nicely arranged! Sneaky symphonics slip through Sat Nam, underscored by an oddly pumping blurt-rhythm... again spacious, yet fairly energized.

Good old "lounge" sounds, retro-choral currents (and much more) are transformed into something magical as unexpected little zips, buzzes and mode-shifts are sprinkled into Wolfhour... prettily strange! Beatier Chimp is also spacier, and bassier and just generally groovier, laced with guitartronic strands and sax wisps. An obtuse ripple-rhythm pumps under the occasional electric interjection of Shavee (1:03), followed by the kaleidoscopic echoes of Fragments.

Bass-beating against thin streams of intermittent musical essences, When In Your Ears, Spider Whisper Dreams (6:28) unfurls as an unpredictable, though rather smooth, panorama which encompasses sax, piano and metallic drums as well as random visitations by unknowable effects, and a minute or so of virtual silence before Breath blows out the lights with twiddly twirls, sawing strings and restrained e-drumming.

What could have been an unwieldy amount of soundstyles are expertly balanced in Shadyzane's hands. Not so "normal" to be boring, not so experimental to be off-putting... under the shady tree's tracks are simultaneously relaxing and uplifting. Wonderful work, and arty fun!

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Cool loping rhythms tempered with interesting abstract improvisation.
A potentially interesting release, ‘Under the Shady Tree’ is Chris White’s brainchild, and joins the ranks of recent releases such as Murcof’s ‘Martes’ album, which splices classical and jazz genres with staccato, glitchy electronica. Unfortunately in its similarity in structure and instrumentation to this forebear, White also loses by comparison; the resonance is at times too strong to see past the similarities to where White treads a different path. However, with some persistence, White’s own hand begins to make itself known.

The album opens with glitchy breakbeats that are soon joined by classical strains of cello, piano and a soprano singing an aria. On ‘Sat Nam’ uneasy and sometimes staccato instrumentation clashes against fragmented electronics, and vocals again become the order of the day in the sample of plainsong on ‘Wolfhour’. Although this is perhaps the most beautiful and haunting of White’s tunes, its first half is also perhaps the most indebted to Murcof’s method of musical arrangement.

It is only when White goes off on more idiosyncratic, freeform territory (as on the second half of ‘Wolfhour’, which metamorphoses into a different track entirely) that the music truly comes into its own. Lazy twanging guitars, jazz hooks and funky touches all add flavour to an otherwise austere mix. On tracks such as ‘Fragments’, the music fulfils its promise and delivers cool loping rhythms tempered with interesting abstract improvisation.