December 3, 2016 at 6:10 pm #1781
You might have heard of this one already, but for those who don’t know…
2 CDs in 6 panel, full colour digipak. Free delivery worldwide.
In Praise of Shadows is a two CD compilation of dark, aggressive, and emotional music from Japan and Finland. This first TYFTH release features ten unmixed NRG and Freeform Hardcore tracks, two bonus remixes, and a mixed set of twelve tracks from a number of leading labels.December 6, 2016 at 12:20 am #1807
May as well post (a slightly edited version of) what I sent you!
I have to just tell you how much I loved the album. Every artist shined brilliantly and confidently showcased the unique aspects of his style in addition to freeform as a whole. From the very beginning of Monochrome I experienced the ever-reassuring sense of stepping into another world, one where Galaxy left me comfortably stranded after an unforgettable hour-long glimpse through its history. (I had a certain dream last year which included Brionac‘s breakdown playing out of nowhere in a familiar location, and that was exactly where I walked to the night I first listened to the album.) The reappearance of familiar names serves as a reminder of what’s made this corner of the scene such an exciting one, and Morita Yuuhei’s presence is a sign of its ability to inspire new producers and continue to innovate while staying true to its roots. My favorite track was (as I suspected) Storm Coming, a heart-stopping introduction to an elusive producer’s dominating NRG style, something I’d love to hear more of in the future. All in all, an astounding achievement!
Your mix for CD 2 was, of course, fantastic. There’s only so much I can put into words about the feelings it evokes (a good thing, to be sure), even if I was a quarter of my current size when most of them were originally released. The inventiveness of the track selection and transitions is right up there with the efforts you’ve become known for. I was taken aback when I first saw the tracklist by the almost exclusive focus on the Finnish side of the scene, but with a set of tunes that synergize this well there’s no reason to complain. It’s in the section beginning with The Most Masochist, in my opinion, that the illusion of composure is finally forced to cave in and give way to an overwhelmingly desperate catharsis. No one more effectively translated that into danceable music than Betwixt & Between, so the obligatory appearance of his name couldn’t have been anywhere better. It was an ideal counterpart to the first CD, placing you among the artists represented, as you deserve to be.December 6, 2016 at 10:41 pm #1809
Humbled (again) by the kind words Sherkel, and a position as TYFTH PR Manager beckons after that CD 1 writeup 🙂
I hope others have enjoyed it as much, I definitely had the same feelings once the album was finally finished. It has sold (and is selling) well, but there’s a huge crowd still to reach – and that’s the plan, it’s too good to remain this niche.
As for the CD 2 mix, there were a lot of fun and (ahem) challenging factors there – I wanted to try the smoothest set I could possibly manage of oldies and new tracks, but one that could function as an intro for newcomers too. A tricky issue was licensing, as some of the tracks I fiddled around with during the planning stage simply weren’t available. That’s mainly what tilted the tracklist so much towards the Finnish side, but at least there’s still a good variety of labels represented, another of the goals when I started.December 23, 2016 at 10:08 am #1842
Thank you!! I’m always happy to take a minute to offer my thoughts on something so special. Even when you first announced the album, I had no idea there would be such an impressive lineup. The remixes fill in two of the other names I was sure I would see.
I really don’t know how the whole licensing process works, but from what you’ve said I can conclude it’s a nightmare. Even if you hadn’t mentioned it, though, I would have enjoyed the set through and through. I think it’s an ideal counterpart to your Lucky Lotus 5 set. I might not appreciate the number of labels represented as much as others being a relative newcomer, but I can still enjoy the music and all the work that went into the structure.
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