Oct 30, 2016

Sundaze 1644

Hello, back to back F1 weekend this time at Mexico city which lies 2.200 meters above sea level, this altitude influences the engine but it didn't matter much to the Mercedes drivers Hamilton and Rosberg upfront again, third was Verstappen just 3 tenth behind. Ferrari didn't get it's act together, but then on Sunday...

Today's artists are an English neoclassical dark wave/martial industrial band, known for their cinematic sound. The duo has provided soundtracks to a variety of TV programmes and films, and is known for its rescoring of silent films..... N'Joy

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Formed in Sheffield, England by brothers Klive and Nigel Humberstone in 1981, In the Nursery explored a strange fusion of industrialized military rhythms and classical and film soundtrack music. Devoted more to the former in their early years, the band debuted in 1983 with the mini-album When Cherished Dreams Come True, also contributing to several compilations over the next two years. After the 1985 Temper EP, the group's initial lineup had evaporated, leaving only the Humberstone brothers to record their first full-length effort, 1986's Twins, which began to explore classical influences in greater depth. Percussionist Q and French bilingual vocalist Dolores Marguerite C were added for 1987's Stormhorse, which was intended to resemble the soundtrack to an imaginary film. 1988's Koda continued in this vein; in 1989, Wax Trax! released a compilation of the band's early work entitled Counterpoint.

Following the collapse of Sweatbox, the band moved to Third Mind Records to complete the delicate L'Esprit. In the Nursery altered its approach somewhat for the more graceful, refined L'Esprit, on which Dolores Marguerite C's vocals played a prominent role for the first time. The album was recorded with engineer Steve Harris who had contributed to Köda and would feature on all the band's subsequent releases. Sense and Duality were followed by a logical progression to real soundtrack work on 1993's psychological drama An Ambush of Ghosts. Their music has also featured in Interview with the Vampire, Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie, and The Rainmaker. In the late 90s the band was commissioned, as part of the Optical Music Series, to provide new scores for the silent classics The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Asphalt, and Man with a Movie Camera. Anatomy of a Poet, a concept album about the creative psyche, featured author Colin Wilson reciting romantic poetry against a lush backdrop of strings, and also included a cover version of Scott Walker's "Seventh Seal".

A retrospective compilation of their work was the first release on their own ITN Corporation label. Further concept albums have included Deco (inspired by the Art Deco movement) and the ambitious Lingua, an exploration of language featuring vocal contributions from around the world. The Humberstones also record more dance-oriented material under the Les Jumeaux moniker, and as such were involved in pre-production work on Sabres of Paradise's classic techno anthem "Smokebelch".

The 2011 release Blind Sound is a more consistently dark album from the Humberstone brothers and features more real percussion than previous releases. It was followed a year later by The Calling which featered Simon Beckett. In 2015 they scored a 1928 silent movie about Edger Poe's tale The Fall Of The House Of The Usher.

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The Humberstone brothers' first out and out masterpiece, L'Esprit remains as compelling and lovely an album as it did upon initial release. Taking their love of the dramatic, romantic, and theatrical to even greater heights, their musical complexity was never so involved before, their sense of creating soul-tugging beauty never so fully realized. Right from the opener -- "To the Faithful," featuring a now-rare but all the more effective-for-it vocal from the Humberstones over a forceful but never strident string line accentuated by horns and Q's excellent drumming -- L'Esprit is truly a soundtrack to an non-existent film. The potential to dream up any amount of climactic scenes or meaningful visual passages to go with such solid pieces as the choral-accompanied "Azure Wings," or the storm-cloud-laden "Retaliation," with its rolling beginning and stately pace, reveals itself time and again. Wisely, ITN step back from creating solely epic pieces here, allowing for the slightly jazz/French pop feel of "Sesudient," with appropriate vocals from Dolores Marguerite, as well as other slight changes from the norm. The big change here, though, is an increasing allowance for the subtlest of touches to help drive many of the pieces, as with a series of harp flourishes on "Soeurette," as well as simply toning things down in general. Far from weakening the effect of the music, it makes L'Esprit that much more enjoyable by means of variety. One piece always seems to especially stand out per album; here "Scenes of Childhood" is the clear winner, with a low pulse heralding a simply beautiful string line that gently develops throughout the song.

In The Nursery - L'Esprit  (flac  360mb)

01 To The Faithful 4:46
02 At First Sight 4:46
03 Sesudient 4:20
04 Azure Wings 3:03
05 Sœurette 3:28
06 Inamorata 0:54
07 Retaliation 4:42
08 Träumerei 3:51
09 Scenes Of Childhood 4:48
10 The Pearl 5:01
11 L'Esprit 3:46
12 Reverie 1:46
13 Alluvion 4:53
14 Across The Ruins 4:01
15 To The Faithful (Reprise) 2:21
16 Archaic Torso 3:04
17 Blade 3:35
18 Incidential Guilt 3:39

In The Nursery - L'Esprit    (ogg  136mb)

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In the same way Koda built upon Stormhorse, Sense very much leads on from Esprit; having achieved a striking new mastery with their ability to create lush, detailed neo-classical electronic compositions on the previous record, Nigel and Klive Humberstone here consolidated their gains with an accomplished if not quite as grand album. Accompanied as always by drummer Q and vocalist Dolores C. Marguerite, along with a guest narrator on "Epigraph," ITN's apparent goal with Sense, to quote the album art as well as the album's title track, is "to cure the soul by the means of the senses and the senses by means of the soul" -- perhaps an overly ambitious brief, but one which the brothers grapple with in their by-now-unique way. One of the notable developments is an increasing percussive elaborateness -- the opening two tracks, "Blue Religion" and "A Rebours," both exhibit more detailed work than before, whether it's the echo drum rolls backing up Q's snare drum work on the former, or the almost-vibe-like pattern anchoring the latter. Most interesting in light of Nigel and Klive Humberstone's eventual dance side project, Les Jumeaux would have to be "Temporis," where a low-key but definite techno pulse helps drive the number along, as well as the similarly propulsive "Angelchrome." Another continuing theme from Esprit, with the focus on piano-led pieces as opposed to orchestral, appears most notably here with "Syntonic," which before a sudden increase in general instrumentation at the end consists mostly of piano accompanied by woodwind. In all, Sense is duly tasteful and quite fine to listen to, to be sure, but there is nonetheless something a little lacking here; not as much in the way of absolutely gripping musical rapture as Esprit accomplished.

In The Nursery - Sense  (flac  223mb)

01 Blue Religion 4:24
02 A Rebours 4:11
03 Boy Behind The Curtain 4:14
04 Temporis 4:22
05 Syntonic 3:58
06 Sense 4:12
07 Epigraph 4:04
08 Memoirs 1:40
09 Angelchrome 5:02
10 Sinistral 3:06
11 Sense Datum 3:13
12 Contre-Cœur 3:15

In The Nursery - Sense    (ogg 93mb)

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Perhaps ITN's most carefully composed and performed release up to this point, Duality builds on the various strengths of earlier works -- the basic performance style established on Stormhorse, the sweep and range of L'Esprit, and the increasing subtlety provided by both that and Sense, resulting in an album that is not simply pleasant but truly inspiring and evocative. "Belle Epoque" begins Duality with a mix of piano, strings, horns, chorus effects, and Q's snare drumming, here a little more restrained and all the more effective for it, that is instantly memorable. Very much in line with the "filmic" nature of earlier releases, it practically begs to be the musical backdrop of some lush romantic drama. The hints of dancefloor-based experimentation crop up again as well, with "Always" providing a particularly sharp example, as shuddering bass and a low-key funk beat underpin a dramatic narrative piece and another lovely orchestral arrangement, while "Pulse" lives up to its title, with the beat lurking at the base of the piece. String arrangements here often take on quite a rhythmic approach as well, continuing in the line of experimental percussion touches from before. More so than most of their releases, Duality also contains a lot of poetry and recitation within the various songs. Unlike, say, the somewhat overripe efforts of the Moody Blues in past years, ITN's selections and performances match together perfectly; whoever the uncredited male narrator is on "Corruption," he brings a commanding voice to some quite Romantic with a capital "R" lyrics in concert with Dolores Marguerite, as a strong, exquisite musical piece unfolds and builds behind them. In all, another fine album indeed from the brothers Humberstone.

In The Nursery - Duality  (flac  252mb)

01 Belle Époque 5:33
02 Always 6:06
03 Red Harvest 4:39
04 Duality 5:15
05 Corruption 4:57
06 I Thorns 4:52
07 II Pulse 2:57
08 III A Valediction 2:08
09 Universe 2:45
10 The Engraver 3:25
11 Mecciano 5:32

In The Nursery - Duality   (ogg  102mb)

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In perhaps the only logical development, after years of having their music described as imaginary soundtracks, the Humberstones were approached by a film crew that wanted them to create the music for the titular product. Quite ironically, the film itself, a psychological thriller starring such now well-known names as Stephen Dorff, Anne Heche, and David Arquette, has never in fact been released, even on video. Thankfully, the soundtrack is another matter. As it happens, the album is not in fact a wholly original composition, but at the request of the filmmakers, reworks a number of pieces from Sense and Duality under new titles. The most striking change made by the Humberstones here, originally suggested by the film's music coordinator, was to include trained classical musicians -- Jill Crowther on oboe and Catherine Bassill on cello -- to add to the otherwise all-electronic arrangements. While the effect is subtle -- a tribute to how sophisticated ITN's technology has grown over time -- the blending still adds a certain warmth to many tracks that is quite welcome. On the whole, Ambush is quite subdued at many points, quite possibly reflecting a real need to accentuate a scene instead of dominating it (and without the original film to compare it to, who can say?). Pieces like "Cop Shed" are actually quite un-ITN like, favoring drones instead of the crisp lushness normally expected; unsurprisingly, many songs are carried solely by piano and backing sonic textures, with many low rumbling tones and samples from the film's dialogue accentuating the dark beauty of the soundtrack. The shuffling hip-hop beat and gently haunting keyboards of "Hallucinations?" end this quite fine album well, also look to future projects as Les Jumeaux.

In The Nursery - An Ambush of Ghosts  (flac  275mb)

01 After Great Pain 6:37
02 Sedation 4:23
03 Lipstick 2:17
04 Disoriented 2:27
05 Archaize 2:22
06 White Robe 3:53
07 Cop Shed 2:38
08 Running Scene 4:14
09 Christian Returns 4:56
10 Christian Decides 2:47
11 Silk Robe 0:59
12 Sedation 2 3:03
13 Cop House 0:37
14 Funeral Pt 1 5:58
15 Funeral Pt 2 1:28
16 Dear Grover 2:52
17 Casus Belli 5:14
18 Syntonic 3:03
19 The Hidden Fortress 5:36
20 'Hallucinations?' 3:11

In The Nursery - An Ambush of Ghosts    (ogg  130mb)

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