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A Place in the Sun [Friends of Dean Martinez]

  • 1. Place in the Sun, A
    2. White Lake
    3. Siempre Que
    4. When You're Gone
    5. Summertime
    6. Broken Bell
    7. Nothing at All
    8. Aluminium
    9. Pistola Agua
    10. Broken
    11. Another Place in the Sun
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2029

  • Credits

    Friends Of Dean Martinez: Mike Semple (guitar); Bill Elm (steel guitar, harmonium, bass, percussion); Graham Reynolds (piano, organ); Dave LaChance (drums).
    Additional personnel includes: Terry Oubre (sitar); Tommy Larkins (percussion).
    The set is one made up primarily of originals and marks a further distillation of leader Bill Elm's vision, one that here takes in vast cinematic landscapes with clearly articulated melodies that slowly uncoil like a snake on a hot rock. This release continues where the group's previous ATARDECER left off. The ballad "Nothing At All" features a heartbreaking tension brought about by a melody that passes from a churchly organ to a fuzzy and echoed steel guitar. George Gershwin's "Summertime" finds the group actually tackling something familiar and running it through their high and lonely atmosphere.
    Friends of Dean Martinez' mid-'90s beginnings drew comparisons to the principals of the then-burgeoning lounge music scene, but the labeling was never an entirely accurate one. This outfit has always eschewed surface sheen and has reveled in a sort of gleeful exaltation of darker moods and impulses. Elm's steel guitar--fuzzy around the edges--is one of the instrumental highlights of this set.

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (7/00, p.116) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A return to band-oriented sounds and a move to serious brainfodder....A cut above the pack."
    Magnet (6-7/00, pp.81-2) - "...Using the occasional mariachi feel and hard-edged guitar perspective....[they] continue to stretch the boundaries of Americana to the furthest extreme."
    Mojo (Publisher) (11/00, p.96) - "...Delves into Morricone moodiness, atmospheric desert guitarings and filmic instrumentals..."
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