The Green Kingdom – Laminae – CD – The Land Of

I’m at a loss to conjur up new, descriptive words for this type of material, save to say that it is stunningly beautiful, and exquisitely worked. The titles really say it all, Late Summer, A Hidden Stream, Fuji Apple, The Scarlet Ibis, and Une..The Green Kingdom have featured most prominently on net labels such as 12k’s subsidiary, Term, and their sound definitely lends itself to the working methods of Sogar, for instance, or Sawako, using delicate, evanescent, and softly focussed instrumentation, possibly keyboards, scattered with glitchy remnants. These gently paced pieces ease their way into my consciousness, a waking dream realised in pastel shades, an aural Monet painting, if you will – full of divine shavings of tone and cascading guitar, reverbed and sensuous, stuttering and serene, quietly epic. The Green Kingdom win me over with the kind of music that does not require direct engagement, but permeates my day with images of serenity and relaxation, bathing my imagination in warmth and light. Technically, The Green Kingdom have created something of a masterwork here, and The Land Of as a label have made their mark with a very fine piece of work, presented in a utilitarian card cover, letterpress printed with silvery scrolls and hand written texts. This CD can come with no higher recommendation from me, other than going and checking this out for yourself.. a label and an artist worthy of your utmost attention. BGN




About whiteline1

WHITE_LINE was set up three years ago, in order to play and promote the work of artists and musicians working under the banner of "minimalism", in all its many guises. This has led to a regular and highly successful mix slot on the Garden of Earthly Delights radio show in the UK, and guest appearances on Resonance FM (frequenzen show). We now aim to extend the remit of the mix slots by reviewing (as often as possible) material that encapsulates and crystallises the minimalist ethic, and hopefully we'll be leading artists and audiences alike towards a deeper appreciation of this and other marginalised genres. I welcome your comments, and criticisms, and would love to hear from labels and artists who would like their work showcased on the show, or reviewed here. We regret that due to time constraints, we cannot review everything that is sent to us, but will endeavour to give exceptional work an "honourable mention" at the very least, and links to quality sites that we think worthy of mentioning. I am trying to support labels and artists as much as possible by promoting their work, not least because I am a stereotypical "struggling artist" myself, but also because there are so few younger artists entering this particular scene, and there is a danger of it becoming the sole domain of a handful of forty somethings who really ought to be doing something better with their time! Having worked for most of the more reputable underground magazines in the early 90's, I was never afforded the luxury of taking time and care over reviews, as deadlines and column space were always hanging like the sword of Damocles over me. With WHITE_LINE, I have the luxury of being able to review when I have time, and I am receptive to a particular mood, and hopefully this will reflect in the quality and length of some of the reviews. If you like what you see, please link to me to encourage more traffic through the site, and cross promote whatever is happening out there. Address for promotional material: 45 Drovers Walk Spring Park, Kingsthorpe Northampton NN2 8BB UK

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