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Taylor, Gregory: dua_belas

Gregory Taylor is another artist on the Palace of Lights label and has recently released his latest CD dua_belas. The music on dua_belas is in the same vein as label mates K. Leimer and Marc Barreca. Taylor uses analog and digital technology to create layers of electronic sounds and plenty of sound effects. This CD has as much to do with drone as it does ambient styles and while this is quite different than anything I usually listen too it is a difficult journey to say the least.

The album title is Indonesian for the number twelve, the meaning of which is open to interpretation. Doing a little research on the internet has led me to believe it is a reference to the Twelve Apostles, but this could be totally off base. The album consists of both live and studio recordings and was produced and mastered by Darwin Grosse.

This is one of those albums that is difficult to describe on paper. Imagine if you will waves of electronic sounds washing over your senses complete with strange sound effects and you will have an idea of what is in store. Although I had a hard time absorbing this album I did appreciate some pieces like the strangely hypnotic "matius" and the haunting soundscapes in "simon_si_patriot".

I suppose it is only fitting that an album with such strangely titled songs is filled with equally as strange music. The problem I have with dua_belas is its inherent lack of melody. It is well executed and flawlessly produced and I am sure Taylor has achieved what he set out to do, unfortunately this album was just not for me. However, if you are familiar with the other artists mentioned and appreciate ambient and/or droning soundscapes by all means check this one out.

Track Listing:
1. andreas
2. simon_petrus
3. yakobus_anak_zebedeus
4. yahanes_anak_zebedeus
5. filipus_yang_melit
6. natanael_yang_jujur
7. matius
8. anak_kembar_tomas
9. yakobus_anak_alfeus
10. yudas_anak_alpheus
11. simon_si_patriot
12. yudas_iskariot

Added: August 9th 2010
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
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Language: english

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