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    Friday, August 11, 2006

    Eardrum symphony: Talkdemonic MP3s

    Let's face facts: for better or worse, we live in a hybridized world. Borders are wearing down, the lines between races and genders and nationalities are eroding. Strange genes are being spliced into fruits and vegetables. Electric battery-gas engine cars are starting to show up more and more.

    It's no wonder that music is reflecting these changes, freely hybridizing sounds with a big assist from technology. From the east-west beats of M.I.A. to the reggae-hip hop-Latin fusion of reggaeton, the hybrid is grabbing a lot of ears. A different but no less noteworthy example of the hybrid is Talkdemonic. Uniting the electronic with the acoustic, pulling influence from folk, classical, hip hop and lappop at the least, the band makes instrumental music they call "folktronic hop."

    Kevin O'Connor tackling "drums, synths, pianos, programming beats, bass, accordion, banjo, guitar, rhodes, wurlitzer and everything else sounds" and Lisa Molinaro "on viola and synths," Talkdemonic's hybrid is an astonishing one. No one element overwhelms any other; all of the units fuse together organically. The music is obviously intricate, but it also seems to have a charming simplicity. It's experimental but it's also pop. It's the sound of now, but also of a hundred years ago and tomorrow.

    * MP3: "Mountaintops In Caves" - Talkdemonic from Beat Romantic
    * MP3: "Manhattan '81" - Talkdemonic from Beat Romantic [Buy it]

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    Comments on "Eardrum symphony: Talkdemonic MP3s"


    Blogger Rachel said ... (3:51 AM) : 

    :) It's certain we have the same taste in music...This is a wonderful connection to have. Each time I listen to Talkdemonic I am mesmerized,
    Beat Romantic is a must have album.

    You did a much better job at presenting them than I.


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