THE ARTIFICIAL SEA Reviewed – (aka a Remix album!)
July 14, 2010 Leave a comment
Remix albums amaze and bewilder me. This is probably because I have no technical knowledge on how the programmers do what they do. While some may argue remixes are inherently breaking all sorts of copyright laws, I’ll continue to stand behind the concept as a musical science with a genuine loyalty to the originators and a totally postmodern approach to sonic revision.
Speaking of remixes, The Artificial Sea has a new remix album out. It is a collection of songs revamped by various remixers from their 2006′s City Island, as well as their brand spankin’ new album, Unwritten.
The Artificial Sea has always been a sort of fluid musical project since inception. The duo is a long distance euphonious affair, between instrumentalist and beat maker Kevin C Smith, residing in Pittsburgh, and singer/wordsmith, Alina Simone, mostly in NYC (and world wide touring her solo project which has received some indie-cred points in reverent publications such as Pitchfork, Village Voice and the New Yorker).
Lot’s of headphone friendly ear candy can be found in Reviewed. Most of the album can be described as soothing and atmospheric thus is an album that is perfect to zone out to find inner solice after a long day in the world. It takes guts to give up your art for outsider pursual. However, Kevin C. Smith is pretty happy with the results of their electrionic trickery. “It’s a pleasant surprise to hear what direction other people take our music in and I’ve been consistently pleased with the results,” he states proudly.
Better yet – The Artificial Sea’s Reviewed is available for free via soundzfromnowhere, a Luxemburg based weblabel which operates under the Creative Commons principals of sharing music for personal and creative use to enlighten and free artists from the heavy hands of corporate society.