NORMAN RECORDS: Sound Years
Norman Staff review: These are troubling times, or maybe it’s just because it’s the middle of the week, but fret not for Michel Banabila is here to bring the balm. This lovely guy has a background in producing scores for film, documentaries, theatre and video art. Banabila finds uses for discarded objects and makes tapestries with these along with his electronics, field recordings and shortwave radio bites. The results are greater than the sum of these parts though, of course. The sounds he makes are spectacularly gorgeous and immaculately crafted, so let’s get into it now...
The record opens with the wondrously twilit ‘Close To The Moon’, acoustic oriental instrumentation gently plucked from some mystical faraway place and picking its way through some serene Fripp / Eno type sound bedding. Hints of guitar bubble up amongst the most luscious synth pads and subtle recordings of birdsong, low in the mix. This all segues seamlessly into some Frahm-ish piano and found sounds, Bjorkian vocals flitting in and out. The piano weaves a lovely melody gently around eastern instrumentation, gradually speeding up together with backwards vocals to create a slightly disorienting effect, before warm droning ambience washes back in. It’s as good as having the most relaxing bubble bath. Exotic birdcalls drift back in, soft lulling vocals and heavenly harp all combine to seduce this tired writer. Delicious. Is it time for bed yet? **** (8/10 - Jamie)
Norman customer review:
This record is an extraordinary mix of recent music from Michel Banabila.
The Dutch master of soundscape is active in publishing music since 1983 when he published his first record 'Marilli', since then he has already made several records with, amongst others, beautiful music for films, documentary's and dance.
He cooperated with musicians as Hanyo van Oosterom (Chi), Holger Czukay, Eric Vloeimans and Oene van Geel and this record is a mixture of spherical music with sounds from all over the planet that Michel has brought together in the two sides of the beautiful medium VINYL! (Nico van Hemmen)