Saturnia started off in late 1996, founded by multi-instrumentalist Luis Simões. Originally meant to be a free art communal project of several artistic areas such as literature, photography, design, painting and music. Filipe homem and Luis Simões named the project. The name came from the merge between the saturnia butterfly, the planet Saturn and saturnalia. Late 2000 and early 2001 were spent finishing Saturnia's second long duration recording which was well received by music critics and was spoted by Cranium music who released it as "The Glitter Odd". Complete throughout with hiss and vinyl ticks you would think you old turntable is spinning. "The Glitter Odd" is firmly in the psychedelic realm, though lots of fun spacey synths are prominent with Dubs…
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In 1827, when writing his Quartet in A minor, Op.13, the 18-year-old Felix Mendelssohn was especially interested in Beethovens late quartets at a time when these works were generally written off as confused fantasies of a deaf musician. Mendelssohn's debt to Beethoven is evident in the important role of polyphonic techniques, particularly in the focus on cyclical connections between movements. Ten years on, Mendelssohn composed the three quartets, Op. 44, the D major quartet that closes the present disc the last of these to be completed; on publication, however, Mendelssohn placed it first in the set. Besides the seven complete quartets, Mendelssohn also wrote four individual string quartet movements. These were gathered together and published posthumously as op. 81, and on this second volume of their complete Mendelssohn cycle the Escher Quartet perform two of these pieces, both conceived in August 1847, shortly before the composers death.
The band was formed in 1989 by Rick Eddy and Tim Drumheller, an American duo of multi-instrumentalists who handle keyboards, guitars, percussions, flute and trumpet, although they regularly enlist the contribution of talented guest musicians on drums and percussion. Heavily keyboard based (especially the piano), their style is a curious mixture of jazz, rock and classical (symphonic) music with dark, mysterious overtones without being sinister - more like suspenseful. Even when the guys kick into high gear the atmosphere remains tension-filled. As far as comparisons go, names such as Gentle Giant, Van der Graaf Generator or ELP have surfaced but none truly convey the originality of this twosome, whose sublime interplay and strong emphasis on counterpoint cleverly blends all of these bands' styles and more, resulting in a unique contemporary sound of its own.
Ottawa-based duo One 2 One, formerly a synthesizer-pop act, have seen the light to the charts and it rests in jangly guitars and happy-go-lucky songs. On Imagine It's most compelling tracks, the spirit of the 60s lives on fused to 90s technology. Louise Reny's voice is the perfect instrument to capture those soft-focus Summer of Love vibes, all fresh-scrubbed vibrancy bordering on melodramatics. Leslie Howe, the musical/production mastermind behind dance sensation Alanis, has crafted a tasty aural confectionary with which to caress the melodies. Even though it's obvious that this is deliberate, premeditated, studio-manufactured stuff, it's impossible to deny the overall charm and attraction of the disc's pop hooks.