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In keeping with the "world" themes of this curation, Bliss hail from Denmark, though their collective owes as much to influences from Guinea and Sweden! They first appeared in the early 2000's which really was the halcyon period for ambient chill stuff it seems - a golden age? So. if you listen to Cafe Del Mar, Buddha Bar or Hotel Costes stuff then there's every chance you'll have picked up something by them. Subsequently disbanded, Bliss were in fact a quartet anchored by Steffen Aaskoven and Marc-George Anderson, and including vocalists Alexandra Hamnede and co-writer Tchando,
"The Suns of Afterlife" is, by turns, a heavenly mix of violins, keyboard, accordian, pipes and brass with that oh so gentle percussion running through it. And then there's those breathy Afro voices...reminiscent of Richard Bona who plays occasionally with Pat Metheny. It's uplifting, ethereal and melodic...what more could you want for those peaceful moments staring up at the ceiling or out of the window?
I grew up listening to music from the late 60’s onwards. Pirate pop radio; swapping LP’s with friends; exploring genres; daydreaming over the latest woofer and tweeter.
In reality I spent thirty years imparting imperfect knowledge of English literature and drama to young minds in school. Regrets? No. I loved teaching; loved the interaction with the pupils, and made lifelong friends as a result. And what better way to keep up to date with music? I always played stuff in my lessons, and as a result, I’d be bombarded with suggestions from my flock! “Sir! Have you heard…?”
6 February 2019
I love it when a musical connection is made! I’ve been banging on about Zero 7 and then their offshoot, Fragile State, on this curation and then what happens? I come across someone new with a name that sounds like I should like them – Ambient Jazz Ensemble – and who’s central to them? None other than Neil Cowley…
30 January 2019
I can barely believe that I’ve let this curation go so long without more than a passing reference to the legend that is Peter Gabriel – though Genesis feature here with “Cinema Show” from “Selling England By The Pound” which has him on lead vocals…
16 January 2019
Bang up to date sounds of alt-jazz from this five piece outfit that hail from London. Travelling through places where borders disappear, Kinkajous give birth to an innovative sound that very much reminds me of another favourite band of mine that features on this collective; namely Submotion Orchestra…