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Coleman, Andrew – “Everything Was Beautiful, and ” – [Thrill Jockey Records]

mitch   6/24/2006   A Library, CD

A co-founder of
in the UK, ANDREW COLEMAN (ANIMALS ON
WHEELS mastermind) lives & records on a boat, and
reached a creative fork in the road with this release.
What started as a tangent from his ANIMALS ON
WHEELS material became instead a conclusion of his
first two albums. Beyond the novelty of ‘new? sounds
& sequencer techniques in electronic music, COLEMAN
seeks here to include unfashionable beauty/subtlety to
gain a more organic whole. Rather than wild beats con-
tradicting melodies, there is a noisy production style of
rough, lo-fi sounds (utilizing cheap sound cards) that
contrast with a more amplified quietude. ‘The creative
process, he says, is just as much about getting things
wrong as it is about getting them right.’ Hence, this
is ANIMALS ON WHEELS over new and uncharted
roads.
August 2001 MITCH

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