Release Date: 09/08/09
An altogether deeper excursion into bass than its predecessors, this is music to transport you around the world.
Felt, the new album by renowned dub producer International Observer is the third in a series of releases named after senses. Like albums Seen and Heard - which reviewers have called 'lush', 'engaging', and 'languorous' - the songs on Felt require superlatives to describe. An altogether deeper excursion into bass than its predecessors, this is music to transport you around the world. From the smoking dancehalls of South London and the crowded streets of India, to the wide open spaces of New Zealand - each has had an influence on Felt.
For musician, producer, film-maker and artist Tom Bailey, International Observer is the creative outlet which has allowed him to step outside the 80's synth-pop paradigm inhabited by his former group, The Thompson Twins. Drawing on his exposure to dancehall culture in South London in the late 70's, along with later stints working with reggae legends Sly & Robbie and Lee Perry, as International Observer, Tom crafts luscious soundscapes that loop through time and space to etch their own groove on the vast global disc that dub has become in 2009.
The album begins with 'House of the Rising Dub', which features Tom singing a disarmingly catchy version of the famous song that - peppered with International Observer's trademark horns - bears only a passing resemblance to the original. For Tom, making dub music is 'the ability to deconstruct and reinterpret a text so that you thought it was one thing and suddenly it becomes another. It is a kind of magical process'. Tom believes that it is difficult to make conservative dub. 'That's partly because there's no lead vocalist, there's no fronts-person. The music itself is the voice rather than the people who are doing it..' As such, vocals are at a minimum on Felt, and when there, they are transformed with sinuous layers of echo, delay, melody, and all things dub-a-tronic to become another instrument in the vast musical world of the International Observer.
|Label: Dubmission Records|
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