Conjure One Extraordinary Ways
By Marcus Pan
Spinning more world beat into ambient textures and smoothe
backing synthesizers, music master Rhys Fulber has moved out Conjure One's
sophomore album. Extraordinary Ways is as pleasant to listen to as their
previous self titled debut(1) and features just as wide a selection of talented
vocalists as his Delerium(2) project. While Conjure One took a
Middle-Eastern tack, Extraordinary Ways uses world beat infused more
closely with the melodies.
Utilizing pulsing, laid back rhythms and solid accoustic
movements and keyboard washes, Endless Dream (vocals by Jane) pulses
Extraordinary Ways open beautifully. Tiff Lacy's sultry alto vocals
through Face the Music carries the track, which morphs into a pop tune
with world beat sensibilities and a moving rhythm.
Pilgrimage is funky and fresh with thrilling rhythms
changes combined together with a brilliant piano melody. The Buzzcocks remake
of I Believe, sung by Rhys himself, is a treat that takes the original
and fills it with modern styles, rhythms and affects it with electronic
impluses and smoothe progressions. Probably better than ever was meant to be.
Beyond Being gets surreal and wispy in make-up. It's
saved from a murky death by a solid bass-driven rhythm that is built into it.
Jane returns to providing vocals for namesake of the album, Extraordinary
Ways. Rhys can't help to slip into Arabian at times with openings like
Dying Light, which brings in a slow piano to let vocalist Joanna Stevens
croon against. It reminds me strikingly of work by Studiokraft(3). Nicely done.
Overall? Rhys Fulber (Frontline Assembly, Delerium) is
cretainly someone who has a musical capability and gift that far surprasses
most individuals. Extraordinary Ways is very different from his most
well-known time with Frontline Assembly, and its musical make-up is far more
complicated. Some tracks on Extraordinary Ways will drift off and fail
to hold your interest, but when Conjure One finds it's groove in tracks like
I Believe, Pilgrimage, Forever Lost or Endless Dream it is
world's better than most on their best day.
Post: 8730 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 304, Beverly Hills, CA, 90211, USA
Phone: (310) 855-0643
Fax: (310) 855-0658
(1) Reviewed in
(2) Deleriums The
Best Of was reviewed in Legends
(3) Studiokrafts Binary
Soundscapes was covered in Legends
Click to Buy!