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Reivew: Fiona Soe Paing – Songs From No Man’s Land by Jayson
October 26, 2010, 1:36 pm
Filed under: Ambient, Review | Tags: ,

On a basic level this is good music and I like it. Fiona Soe Paing has very distinctive vocals and this whole effort reminds me of trip-hop, which I really enjoyed when it had it’s day.

On a more complex level, Songs From No Man’s Land is one of the most evocative things I’ve heard in a long time. Fiona Soe Paing has a timeless voice and singing style, she could belong to any period of contemporary music; her vocals having a languid, sensual quality with an exotic edge. Her arrangements some of the same sensibility, there is spacey electronica, but it’s combined with the same timeless quality. The whole approach is a juxtaposition of styles, but it’s also a seamlessly organic combination. And that’s where it’s so evocative. It brings to mind an era that never was, but is lost to us and never will be; a future that could have been, but wasn’t. Listening to Songs… I had a sense of being taken to a place, and a subtle sense of loss.

Songs From No Man’s Land actually are songs from a place, they’re the musical element of the short film No Man’s Land, which you view check out here.

Songs From No Man’s Land is available as a limited edition CD+DVD+Download from Fiona Soe Paing’s bandcamp. The music is also available from iTunes and Amazon.

– Jayson



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