What you're about to read is a collection of pointers to some of the music I've discovered on the iTunes Music Store, music I like enough that I want to share it. If you're an iPod owner and an iTunes fan (and if you aren't, what are you doing here?), maybe you'll find something new. Click on any of the CD covers to bounce over to the store and sample a few tracks. And then maybe stop by my other blog for a few well chosen words (and maybe a random snark or two).RSS feed
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Wed, 27 Apr 2005

S.H.A.D.O / Higher Intelligence Agency & Pete Namlook
Okay, this one's just plain weird.

When I first saw this album, I jumped to an immediate conclusion. S.H.A.D.O stands of course for Supreme Headquarters, Alien Defence Organisation, which is the fictional government body responsible for preventing alien abductions on Gerry Anderson's much loved series UFO. And the titles of the tracks on S.H.A.D.O. make it clear that its creators were thinking the same thing: Intruder Detector, Secret Location, Space Interceptors, Skydiver and Maintaining Scan for UFO's. But this isn't incidental music from the series, although it might have been; it's all atmospheric stuff, what electronic musician Namlook refers to as "ambient" music. (The quotes are Namlook's, as is the attitude on display on his label's website.)

As for the "music" (hey, if he can use quotes, why can't I?), it's hard to evaluate in 30 second snippets. But give it a try. It's certainly more interesting, and far more subtle, than Barry Gray's version of S.H.A.D.O, itself sadly missing from the iTMS.

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