"Ever the loose cannon, the Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra remains reliably unpredictable with their third album for Alien Transistor: renowned for their elaborate and intricate studio recordings, the genre-smashing 18-piece Orchestra didn't even set foot in a studio this time around, but instead returns with a live album, recorded in May 2012 at Berlin-Neukölln's Heimathafen. "Stimmung In G", Live on Planet Earth's opening track, already makes it clear that the new album marks a distinct stylistic departure for the Orchestra: Instead of presenting the kind of sonic splatter/comic styles they're known for (as showcased on BUM BUM, their previous full-length), bursting at the seams with new bits of information at every turn, the album opener features a surprisingly coherent and steady layer of sound that's more reminiscent of Ambient music. Lacking the fragmentary patchwork approach of previous recordings, Daniel Glatzel, the Orchestra's leader and main composer, even describes "Stimmung In G" as "something to clear the air," allowing listeners to forget preconceived notions about AMEO and start from scratch: exposed to this kind of track, they're ready to deal with the unexpected. The Orchestra's last album BUM BUM was all about clashes of polar opposites: Some tunes felt like standing on a field of flowers, complete with windfalls, but at the same time they also felt like a visit to a bulk garbage dump or a crammed second-hand bookstore. In contrast to this, Live on Planet Earth leaves decidedly more room for individual statements, for ideas and textures to emerge; in other words: It's a lot easier to tell what's actually going on in the new songs. That's not to say that Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra - part avant-garde salon orchestra, part alternative Jazz big band, part audio logistics center - want to revoke or amend the bold grandeur of their earlier material; instead, it's simply a new and more collective-minded direction, a consequent next step that's as surprising as it is staggering. And when the last note has died away: a hurricane of applause. Live from Planet Earth is a live album that not only documents a huge logistical challenge: Here, the Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra leaves the safe studio environment behind and enters the stage to underscore and reaffirm its position as one of the leading large ensembles for extravagant soundscapes of everyday life." (label info)
soon in stock - please pre-order | DE| 2014| ALIEN TRANSISTOR | 15.90

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