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Omnimotion - Dream Wide Awake

juggler
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Posted : Nov 16, 2006 21:29
Promotional Thread

After four years of recording, producing and composing new music in his Ambium Studio...based in Stockholm, Sweden, Omnimotion is finally back with a second album.

Utilizing inspirations and knowledge he picked up along his very diverse musical path, Stefan has created Dream Wide Awake. The album contains the best musical gems that were carefully chosen from the music that accumulated in this four year period. It is a beautifully mellow yet optimistic album, with a strong acoustic presence. Dream Wide Awake is an incredibly diverse album.

It features eight different vocalists- from a rapper to an opera singer- and many guest musicians with an array of instruments including the violin, accordion, guitar, drums, harp and flute. The outcome hovers between the electronic and the acoustic, the hypnotic and the melodic, between abstract ambient and mellow songs, between dubby songs and IDM glitches. Omnimotion weaves and paints here an emotional musical journey that must not be missed and will leave you dreaming wide awake.


Track list:

01. Nothingness
02. Being
03. Days of Silence (feat. Aleah)
04. Wide Awake (feat. Krister Linder)
05. Une Autre Vie
06. Elves of Athoria
07. Cozy Life
08. Dubber
09. Japan
10. Purple Sky (feat. Adam Perski)
11. Electronic Love
12. Open My Heart
13. Ton Image


Review:

Here we have another release by Aleph Zero Records, this time the second Omnimotion album.

Nothingness starts the album in a quiet tribal mood...it could be the perfect soundtrack for the movie “Kids” when the morning comes...it has a lot of organic instruments, all with the electronic touch.

Being comes more into downbeat tempo...it has some woman voice samples that are a delight for our ears...a lot of pacific sensations here.

Days of Silence has some pumping beats that together with Aleah voice really takes you in a voyage, maybe into the past or a future very far away...delicious in a rainy day

In the title track we go to a more dubbier atmosphere...it has some spacey and futuristic tunes, all very deep, that together with the organic instruments and the beautiful voice of Krister Linder does a great dub track.

Une Autre Vie is another kind of dub track but this time with a bit more dark atmosphere...it has some voice samples that I really don’t like too much.

Elves of Athoria take us into the medieval and celtic times...with some voice samples and classic instruments, this track is like a time travel to the past celtic castles Saturday night parties

Cozy Life present us a downbeat journey into space...it has a lot of digital and organic sounds, all of them very subtle and quiet...

Dubber is another peaceful experience...downbeat tempo, bass line full of effects with some strange percussions, very nice.

Japan is a bit more rhythmic and happy...some downbeats, submerged in the voice samples, another great one for listening at the start of a new day, after a long and hot night

Purple Sky goes directly into trip hop style...some quiet beats and beats, pacific atmosphere, I just don’t like the singer collaboration.

Electronic Love is like the name says more digital and electronic...it’s in a downbeat tempo, some synth sounds coming in and out, nice production.

Open My Heart take us again to some celtic celebration, with some beautiful women with tunics dancing around and bonfires in the ground...another time there is organic and synth sounds all mixed between.

Ton Image comes to finish the album...leave us in some downbeat fields, with some woman vocal samples too...great morning tunes, all very calm and relaxed.

This Omnimotion album is for me a bit strange, because by one side (the construction of the tracks, the organic instruments, the production) I love it, but by other (vocals) I hate it So, reviewing it by my personal taste, 4/10, musically speaking 8/10, what gives

6/10


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Bom*shankar
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Posted : Nov 18, 2006 13:04
What a wierd review...

I just got it this week, and listened only 3 times in the background of work- but already I feel you missed the whole point of the album.
Going to listen again now and write a review soon.

Also- if you read the info on the cover you'll it's not voice samples, it's actually singers singing....
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Posted : Nov 19, 2006 00:20
Yes I know that , excuse me for the "samples" word, if there is the edit button available I change it           DJ JUGGLER (United Beats Rec. / Crystal Matrix)
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Posted : Nov 20, 2006 00:18
Omnimotion - Dream Wide Awake ( Aleph Zero, Out. 2006 )

Track List:
01. Nothingness 6:40
02. Being 5:47
03. Days of Silence feat. Aleah 4:38
04. Wide Awake feat. Krister Linder 6:35
05. Une Autre Vie 5:17
06. Elves of Athoria 6:35
07. Cozy Life 5:08
08. Dubber 5:00
09. Japan 4:49
10. Purple Sky feat. Adam Perski 4:47
11. Electronic Love 6:17
12. Open my Heart 3:58
13. Ton Image 7:25


Omnimotion is Stefan Lundaahl, a guy who has an enormous musical background, having explored, studied and performed in various musical genres. He released his debut album as Omnimotion four years ago, since then he was gathering an enormous amount of material, and this new album is a selection of some of the best stuff under his sleeve.
This is the sixth release of Aleph Zero Records, probably the best chill/ambient label around, being responsible for the latest Shulman and Bluetech albums. The art design is another strong point of this release, transmitting what in my opinion is the "theme" of this release: the interactions between man and nature.
As with all Aleph Zero releases, this album was mastered by Yaniv Shulman, and sounds right and clear.


I'll try to pinpoint some of my favorite tracks while commenting the album, the problem is that I have so many favorites here that it's hard to start. Well, the first track that comes to mind is Days of Silence, which has an emotional atmosphere and an element in common with some other tracks here: the human voice as a musical instrument and also as a way to give meaning and direction to the music. Days of Silence is one of my favorite here, and is also one of the two tracks that have what I'd call "singers", which means long lyrics and not just a spoken/song loop. The other track is Purple Sky, which happens to have a rapper as a singer, the lyrics are about the interactions between man and nature, and his voice melts with the interesting musical content.

On the other side there are excellent "traditional" chill tracks like Nothingness and Dubber that could easily be between the highlights of any downtempo compilation. Nothingness was the perfect choice to open the album, it introduces most of album's elements in a smooth way, and also has that involving atmosphere that makes it stick in my mind. Dubber is packed with a powerful bass and many small details hidden between the beats... Easily another favorite.

There are also some track here in which the lyrics complement the music in such a synergic way that is hard to explain, for example Cozy Life, Japan, Wide Awake, Being and Open my Heart. The vocals are there to make the song's theme explicit. These tracks work perfectly to me, walking on the streets while listening to them makes me lighter, makes me look at the clouds or to the trees... I don't know, maybe they just make me feel relaxed. Once again the recurrent theme is the interactions between man and nature, and human existence itself.

The only track I didn't like is Electronic Love. I don't know specifically why, the only thing that is clear is that I don't like the vocals in this one. But it's not so bad that I have to skip it.

A special remark goes to Ton Image, a track that sounds much more organic to me, and I think that if I had to choose just one track to represent the whole album it would be Ton Image, or maybe Nothingness.

I think it is obvious that this album is wonderful for home listening, I have listened it over and over, and everyone who comes near asks me "what is this music?".

I recommend it to be listened on a powerful sound system, it was a pleasant experience to me to really feel the music. I see this release as more ambient than chill/psy, this is a positive aspect to me, specially taking in consideration the flexibility that arise from its diversity.

Recommendation: Aleph Zero Records managed to release another mind-blowing downtempo album. Because of its relaxing properties, this second Omnimotion album is highly recommended for home listening as well as to listen in portable devices while taking a walk outside. I'm sure these tracks are being played at chill spaces at parties, and the crowd is enjoying it.

Favorites: 1(!), 2, 3(!!), 4, 6(!), 7, 8(!), 9(!), 10, 12, 13(!!).
Respect!
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Posted : Nov 21, 2006 13:45
Promotional Text -

After four years of recording, producing and composing new music in his Ambium Studio based in Stockholm, Sweden, Omnimotion is finally back with a second album. Utilizing inspirations and knowledge he picked up along his very diverse musical path, Stefan has created Dream Wide Awake. The album contains the best musical gems that were carefully chosen from the music that accumulated in this four year period. It is a beautifully mellow yet optimistic album, with a strong acoustic presence. Dream Wide Awake is an incredibly diverse album. It features eight different vocalists- from a rapper to an opera singer- and many guest musicians with an array of instruments including the violin, accordion, guitar, drums, harp & flute. The outcome hovers between the electronic and the acoustic, the hypnotic and the melodic, between abstract ambient and mellow songs, between dubby songs and IDM glitches. Omnimotion weaves and paints here an emotional musical journey that must not be missed and will leave you dreaming wide

Artist - Omnimotion
Title - Dream Wide Awake
Label - Aleph-Zero, Israel
Genre - ??? (:-) A Mixed Bag of downtempo goodies)
Format - CD
Release Date - Oct2006

Tracklist -

01. Nothingness (6:39)
02. Being (5:47)
03. Days Of Silence (4:38) [Vocals - Aleah]
04. Wide Awake (6:34) [Vocals - Krister Linder]
05. Une Autre Vie (5:17)
06. Elves of Athoria (6:34)
07. Cozy Life (5:08)
08. Dubber (4:59)
09. Japan (4:48)
10. Purple Sky (4:47) [Vocals - Adam Perski]
11. Electronic Love (6:16)
12. Open My Heart (3:57)
13. Ton Image (7:25)

I couldn’t be happier when I first heard about this album, the promo text by Aleph-Zero is a 110% true. Bluetech, Shulman and now Omnimotion, innovation seems to be Aleph-Zero's motto. "Stefan Lundaahl" from Sweden with his second solo release "Dream Wide Awake" has chosen a varied and very acoustical path to our senses, Smelting elements from various styles we are presented with a mixed bag of downtempo goodies. Fasten your seatbelts and let’s jet set into 5th gear.

“Nothingness”, quite a paradoxical title for a track whose tranquil nature takes me away to an early morning sunrise along marine drive, adding to the wonder is the gritty flute sounds, it’s all just so perfect to set the groove for your day. “look at the skies, look at these trees, its so beautiful” The next track “Being” with its playful symphonic sounds and soothing vocal bits along with the emotional violin instantly put a big smile on my face. "Days Of silence" deserves much more then a standing applause, mellow guitar and violins layered over triphop beats with the deep and hypnotic voice of Aleah from the Binah fame to guide our senses, a formula that cannot go wrong,

Track 4 indicates its time to board the dub train, ensure you have window seats to enjoy the scenery along the way. “Dream Wide Awake” is the only track from the album I didn’t quite enjoy; I guess it’s the gloomy vocals that play foul for me. “Une Autre Vie” and “Elves of Athoria” combine Rastafarian elements with summer Corsica vibes in the most elegant way possible, two really great laidback dub tracks. The same would go for “Dubber” which has a much deeper and pure Rasta feel with abstract beats and flute sounds.

“Cozy Life” and “Japan” are tracks that I simply cant get enough of. Even though the vocals have a very pop feel, the tracks are standing example on how chillout artists can incorporate vocals without making them sound cheesy, the spacey guitar work on both tracks are astounding. A special mention would be the bass on Cosy Life, it’s a groove that get listeners hooked instantly. Stefan surprises me once again with “Purple Sky” featuring Hip Hop MC “Adam Perski “ and turntablism yet maintaining the chillout feel, if your complaining about the rap bit go hear the lyrics carefully, at least they compliment the music and make some sense as compared to random gangsta bling bling.

Nearing the end we have “Electronic Love” that forays into glitchy and IDM sounds with random opera style singing bits that sound great, another display of creativity that’s not bound by any genre restrictions. “Open My Heart” takes us back on the dub train, but I wonder why it wasn’t placed along with the other dubby tracks. “Ton Image” closes the album on a very acoustic note with blissful vocals in some language that sounds like French or Italian to me. I actually went to check if there’s something wrong with my CD player when this track got over. I couldn’t believe the journey ended so fast, 72 minutes over in a jiffy!!! Wow!

Well, good things always come to an end but what remains is the feeling. It’s obvious that Stefan has worked really hard on his second album, the production is really top notch and the mastering by Yaniv Shulman just adds to the sonic magic. The album is perfect for any downbeat electronic music enthusiast and I am sure this will make waves even outside the psychillout circles. As opposed to mass opinion I say leave the headphones behind and put this on a big sound system *winks*.

On a final note when it comes to Aleph-Zero one cannot miss to mention the artwork. The beautiful pastel and organic colours on the album cover are so soothing and beautiful. This release is a concept one has to grasp, the music, the artwork, the album and track title all combine to form a cohesive bond. Stop reading and get out that credit card.           New mixes on
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Sputer
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Posted : Feb 15, 2008 12:35
one of my fav chill releases ever..

he is real talent !           ..."Be yourself, let your conscience guide you...
Follow your heart, not the people around you"
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Posted : Feb 15, 2008 14:44
For some reason this one went a bit unnoticed. Shame really, absolutely gorgeous album.           Everyone in the world is doing something without me
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Posted : Feb 17, 2008 19:07
Indeed, nice chill album. Very manifold tracks selection, positive vibrations pierce every track. It's hard to expect something another from the album with such a beautiful cover.
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Posted : Feb 22, 2008 16:13
i love aleah           PSYKS
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