CD The Naive Shaman (CD 1002845), Audio Other
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The Naive Shaman


  • 1. Life on a Beam
    2. Illumined Land
    3. Sonar in My Soul
    4. Once It Was Autumn
    5. Summer's Edge II
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 71

  • Credits
    Producer
    Engineer

    Personnel: Richard Youngs (vocals, various instruments).
    Richard Youngs's vast and experimental catalogue--sometimes folk-inspired, sometimes abstract and avant, sometimes ambient and psychedelic--is difficult to categorize. His captivating THE NAIVE SHAMAN (2005) is no exception. Largely basing the music around loops, sounds, and atmospheres generated from a home computer, Youngs builds lengthy passages with gentle, modal singing and sheets of treated guitar and bass. There are only five compositions on the album, but each is a universe unto itself, unfolding before the listener in layers that intrigue and entrance.

  • Critic Reviews
    The Wire (p.65) - "[H]is vocals have a depth and warmth that is no less transporting for being more opened out and expansive."
    The Wire (p.43) - Included in The Wire's "2005 Rewind: 50 Records Of The Year."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.100) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he hypnotic combination of hymn-like song and gravity-defying sound makes for some supreme reality-altering listening throughout."
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