Wednesday, February 11, 2004

This popped up on Yahoo's feed of Bliiboard album reviews:

ARTIST: TANGLE EYE
ALBUM: ALAN LOMAX'S SOUTHERN JOURNEY REMIXED

There is nothing more exciting than a brilliant production concept brought to life. This is precisely what New Orleans-based Tangle Eye (Scott Billington and Steve Reynolds) has accomplished with this remix project. Billington and Reynolds have taken some of Alan Lomax's best field recordings from his Southern Journey series and created an instrumental arrangement for each voice. The results are uncanny. Some songs -- including "Heaven," "Holler" and "Soldier" -- are intensely beat-rich, making them perfect for club DJs. The tunes "Hangman" and "O Death" are elegant, moody, traditional songs. "Chantey" -- taken from "Menhadden Chanteys," performed by Bright Light Quartet -- is perfectly re-imagined as a reggae tune. "Rosie" is a work song transformed into a fiery rock number, animated by the sizzling slide guitar of Jeff Raines. At the heart of every track remains the original voice Lomax recorded (between 1947 and 1960). Tangle Eye has masterminded one very special remix CD.

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