|Secret Vibes ~ 'Firefly' :: Releases: 15 May 2009 !
The French band Secret Vibes is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and for this special occasion, they are releasing a masterpiece of innovative pumping progressive and ethno-psychedelic album. Their reputation of live kicking extravaganza through collaborations with numerous musicians brings you an accomplished colorful music mixing traditional instruments (flute, didgeridoo, jewharp, etc...), sensible, powerful voices, world and ethnic music touches (tribal, celtic, oriental, latino) with a typical electronic touch. Their latest album, "Firefly" hallmarks the cornerstone and encapsulates a decade's worth of musical ingenuity, talent, and experience forged both in the studio and at the live venue. Embark for a trip into new trance around the world. Secret Vibes is proving its success again as one of the established leading bands of the French electronic scene for their original music and for being one of the most amazing and dynamic live performances. Proudly released by well-known and reputed label Aboriginal Records, "Firefly" is a collection of tunes that does not disappoint; indeed, the whole album is a sonic magic carpet ride around the world and back again, as well as through a decade and beyond of time and musical influence.
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4. Terre Happy
6. Elf Contro
12. Indus Ritual
13. Ocean Mastered
Track by track:
Kicking off with springy, ping-ponging synth riffs, “Firefly” leads into a bouncing bassbeat encapsulating tribal mouth harps, rhythmically gated vocals and panoramic percussion. Visions of ancient sacred spaces and natural overgrowths come to mind through soft, organic fusions of musical techniques which paint otherworldly scenescapes you can float straight into.
Stitched seamlessly into the mood of its predecessor comes a distinctly uptempo track which raises energies, yet retains a convergent flavor. “Dingeling” lends itself well to sunny dancefloors. Mantric chanting and filtered synth riffs ride groovy basslines and lively drumbeats. Ethnic arrangements and altered timings keep the progression refreshing until the end.
Silver flute and elastically pitched didgeridoo open up for rich undercurrents of kickdrums and evolving bass. The resulting melodies seem more alive and immersive, with not a shred of sterility or stasis from bar to bar. Excellent use of panorama and background noises lead your mind outdoors and build up in ritualistic intensity which get your toes twitching for more.
Indian tabla, carribean steel drums, shakers and triangles fill out a diverse, worldly percussion section glues together by rosy vocals and mellow flute leads. From the low frequencies to the highs, this arrangement is a smile-inducing blend of culture and techniques both musically sound and saturated with positivity, supported by warm, springy bass undercurrents.
This track kicks the tempo up a notch and is a well placed peak builder within this album. The drum section keeps it fresh with plenty of change-ups and reworks. Ear-friendly sine synths duet with eastern strings influences which kick your feet into kung fu overdrive. This flutist's fingers get their exercise and pair excellently with gentle digital riffs which tie this piece together.
Delving into the peak time of this album is an Eastern-influenced trance stomper filled with all the ingredients to propel you across the dancefloor. Funky bass, complex percussive elements, and a variety of flutes for your upper half to ride upon make this one a great faucet for soul-quenching, foot-tapping inspiration.
This track's beginning offered a welcome moment to breathe and refresh. Soothing vocals, a downtempo beat, harmonic chords and more help ground you before launching back into heightened musical energy. Arpeggiated shamanistic throat music, funky bass and crisp high hats give you what's needed to grace the dance space with renewed vigor.
Pulsating bass, effected, pan-sweeping flute, subtle sounds of nature and superb vocals give you the proper ups, downs, lefts, and rights to build atmosphere and transport your mind to mystical realms. Every sound has been carefully arranged to build tension and release it at just the right moments in a track born to be enjoyed under the stars.
"Shaman" takes a slightly different twist, introducing rock style guitar riffs with ever so slight amounts of distortion. The production quality is top-notch. High hats and cymbals dance and skitter about to the tune of warm, forceful bass with jazzy wind sections which every music aficionado can enjoy and appreciate, both on and off the dancefloor.
This album's wave of energy has reached its crest, and "Oxalis" offers a welcome respite to decompress and recollect oneself. Chilled out electro grooves and delicate harp melodies offer the harmony needed to lose one ’s self behind closed eyelids and drift away as the body sways in unconscious rhythm. Tablas and flute gloss the arrangement with intelligent, beautiful notes.
The music picks back up with a groove peppered with Arabic scale progressions and an array of ethnic instruments spanning the myriad cultures of the Dark Continent. The result is a powerful groove which is slightly haunting, and the subtle blend of digital and traditional elements add futuristic twists to ancient styles of sound.
"Indus" transports us straight to the south of the Himalayas with a style influenced by sounds and melodies which spawned a whole genre of electronic music. Thumping trance bass lays the groundwork for a mad stomper which catapults your psyche into the stratosphere as the dirt squishes between your toes.
The finale of this album is the perfect cup of musical tea to return you to the physical realm with a smile. Gated vocals, warm saw leads, and lovingly plucked strings are easy on the ears and massage your neurons with expert care. Reverb and panorama add space and dimension you can either lose yourself in or guide yourself through, if you so choose.
Aboriginal Records | www.aboriginalrecordings.com |
Secret Vibes Myspace | www.myspace.com/secretvibes |
Worldwide Distribution through Arabesque
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