Dance music for the very confident and/or very stoned, Balearic Ambient is, of course, low on beats and high on underwater vibes. Slow, sustained notes abound, and although there’s often still too much going on here to qualify for Brian Eno’s strict sense of what’s ambient, much of it comes pretty close. Japan’s brooding and strikingly beautiful “Ghosts” was a No. 5 pop hit in 1982 England; Talk Talk’s even more abstract “The Rainbow” signaled the band’s 1988 break from its New Wave past. The rest is all instrumental and more minimal. Klaus Schønning and former the Soundtrack of Our Lives member Björn Olsson supply the Scandinavian connection; the former’s 1982 cut “Cygnus” suggests the smoother side of current Daft Punk.
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By Philip Sherburne on 08.15.13 in Reviews
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By Barry Walters on 07.26.13 in Collections
Like Krautrock and Northern Soul, Balearic Beat is a genre not recognized by those who created it. And, like the aforementioned musical categories, it was the Brits who bestowed this name on the sound they "discovered."...
By Laura Studarus on 05.16.13 in Lists
The Eurovision Song Contest was established as way to bring European countries together after World War II. The first competition was held in the town of Lugano, Switzerland, on May 24, 1956. Since then, it's become a sp...