Thursday, November 9, 2017

Chorus Of Tribes-Myth (1998)


It is no 'myth' that I am a huge world fusion music enthusiast, and this latest share from my electronic music collection is more evidence of exactly that. I was surprised to see this one being among the 'S' entries of my library&mash;that is, until I realized that 'Chorus Of Tribes', which I had originally thought was a group of individual artists, is actually just one of the many different aliases of British producer Simon Hulbert. As both this alias and the title to the only album under this alias imply, the tunes contained here have a tribal, ethnic flow to them—an exotic journey back into the times of ancient civilization, perhaps. Fans of the likes of ENIGMA, AMETHYSTIUM and DEEP FOREST will certainly appreciate Simon Hulbert's beautifully-composed arrangements —soothing ambient soundscapes and fluid ceremonial rhythms, with the occasional wails an chants of voices interspersed here and there. I adore every one of these eleven offerings, but as always the case with these world fusion albums, a select number of them stand out to me. "Inception" sparks my senses when the tonality of the music shifts about halfway through, a distinctively twinkly display that carries the music all the way until the end. "Lullaby" is one that I can get lost inside of all day long. Love the sweet, dreamy melody beneath the chilled electronic rhythm, which is further enhanced with the sweet sound of the children chanting in unison (sounds something like 'wah-da-dato, wah-dda-dato, yellow-dee, yellow-dee', in my own translation anyway). "Marakesh" begins with a cool, spacey electronic arrangement before smoothing out with a more sunny, ambient groove that makes you feel right at home. On "Shackera", it's the ethereal dreariness that draws me into the music first, then the glitzy riffs that cut through the ambiance. "Hiyahiyahey" sounds as if it was inspired by Native American rituals, as I gathered from hearing the man repeatedly chanting the title. Then the title track itself is a journey all on its own with a groovy, borderline house rhythm serving as the beat while the breezy ambiance and the distant wailing of the single child giving the music a warming glow. There's a couple of other places where Simon incorporates a faster tempo also: "LoLo", which is actually closer to the realm of trance (and a lovely trance fusion mix at that with the rich, ethnic vocals and the calypso in the background), and "Ikkijungle", where the unified soulful voices singing the hymn pull you into a spiritual sanctuary. The final stop after entering "Into Morocco" is the peace and serenity that you'll enjoy on "New Dawn", where a rather dark, Gothic beginning movement (feels like you're stepping into a medieval castle or some great forbidden temple) soon settles into a brightening stringed piece:

1. Into Morocco
2. Inception
3. LoLo
4. Rain Song
5. Ikkijungle
6. Lullaby
7. Marakesh
8. Shackera
9. Hiyahiyahey
10. Myth
11. New Dawn

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