• CD KD123314£15.99
    Out of stock
  • 1. Wind River Powwow
  • 2. Westward Ho!
  • 3. Suite Equestria
  • 4. Marimba Mondo 1 - The Rain Forest
  • 5. Fujiyama 1
  • 6. Marimba Mondo 2 - Seascape Of The Whales
  • 7. Fujiyama 2
  • 8. Bird Of Paradise
  • 9. The Message
  • 10. Introduction and Overtone Continuum
  • 11. Cosmic Meditation

Originally released in 1991, Moondog's Elpmas is a landmark late-period work by the legendary composer.

Elpmas is the stunning result of a revitalized legend still at the peak of his vitality and innovation. Moondog uses a sampler for the very first time, complementing his compositions with field recordings. The percolating marimba patterns on opening track "Wind River Powow" recalls the type of pure, luscious tone-studies that once deemed Moondog "the founder of minimalism" by Philip Glass and Steve Reich, but Elpmas is a varied, thematic work, epic in scope and dedicated to the aboriginal peoples of the world. "Westward Ho!" is an 8-part canon depicting the western migration from Europe to the New World, and features guest musicians Götz Alsmann and Andi Toma (Mouse On Mars). "Suite Equestria" is the most energizing piece on the album, its intricate marimba pattern carried to epic heights by the incursion of a valiant male chorus. Elpmas also introduces Moondog's "Overtone Continuum," an ambitious compositional system in which a 4-part male chorus is overdubbed 12 times, resulting in the disorienting 144-voice experiment "The Message." The album ends with "Cosmic Meditation," a 24-minute expanse of hazy warmth and melancholic, Eno-esque ambience intended to suggest the rising and falling waves of the Siderial Sea.

Highly Recommended!

People also bought

MoondogIn EuropeRoof Music
Originally released by Kopf in 1977, and reissued in 1999, Moondog In Europe was visionary composer Louis Thomas Hardin's aka Moondog first release after...
  • CD£13.99
    Out of stock
 
    J Rocc V J-ManStones Throw's Turntablist Supreme Creates An Hour long Journey Into Sound, Digging Deep In The JazzJazzman
    Jazzman has enlisted Stones Throw's supreme turntablist J-Rocc to dig through the Jazzman archives to create this wicked hour long mix! Widely considered...
    • CD£11.99
      Out of stock
    Moondog with Julie Andrews & Martyn GreenSongs Of Sense & Nonsense - Tell It AgainPoppy
    Super rare album from legendary avant-garde composer Moondog with Julie Andrews! Here now, finally, reissued on glorious vinyl and CD is perhaps one of...
    • CD£8.99
      Out of stock
     
      Marvin GayeI Want You (1976)Motown
      Sexy mellow soul masterpiece, produced by Leon Ware
      • New LP £11.99
        In stockAdd to Bag
      • CD£7.99
        Out of stock
      Kode9DJ KicksK7
      Hyperdub boss Steve Goodman aka Kode9 has compiled this heavyweight mix of tunes that have been weighing down his Dj box for the last six months. True...
      • 2×LP£14.49
        Out of stock
      Arthur RussellFirst Thought Best ThoughtAudika
      This definitive two disc set presents remastered versions of Arthur Russell's beautiful orchestral music on CD for the first time: some of this music has...
      • 2×CD£21.99
        Out of stock
      HipnoticAre You LonelyStreet Level
      Limited edition reissue of the mega rare original Street Level release of Hipnotic's 1983 classic Are You Lonely?, a super cool slab of breezy uplifting...
      • 12"£6.99
        Out of stock