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Climate Of Earth - Climate Of Earth

Artist: Climate Of Earth
Title: Climate Of Earth
Label: Vital Records VR-019
Length(s): minutes
Year(s) of release: 2004
Month of review: [04/2006]

Line up

Taro Matsuda - keyboards, programming, logdrum, vox
Sanjin Syugetsu - rhythm programming

Tracks

1) Indonesion Frog 5.24
2) MIKO 4.12
3) Sand Dance 4.11 MP3
4) NAZKA 6.08
5) The Earth's Crust 5.36

Summary

On the small cd-r label V!tal from Japan, this is a Japenese duo, who might well be called C.O.E., but I chose to use the full name.

The music

Indonesion Frog describes quite well what you might expect. The songs on this album are in a sense inspired by the topographic reason they are named after. On the other hand, the vocals do not seem very Indonesion to me, more like African, especially at first. When the pace goes up it turns into a mix of just about everything. The bell like percussion is gives the music a gamelan feel, but the music is more like a mish-mash of all kinds of styles, resulting in something that only be called world music. Later the music becomes a bit too danceable.

The band continues in a variant of this style MIKO: the music is melodic, rather repetitive, and strangely enough, to me it sounds very European. The music is mostly rhythm and keyboards. I guess the vocal parts in the back are in Japanese though. Too much like muzak.

Goat bells open on Sand Dance. The keyboards are rather weird, and again I think more of the European electronic schools than anything else. The whining singalong melody soon irritates me. Later the percussion sets in more strongly. There is nothing here that reminds of Maghreb, except the goat bells.

We elevate to NAZKA in Peru. Again, we are more in modern Jarre territory than anything else. This music has no appeal for me, I have heard it all before.

The Earth's Crust is a burbling, gurgling piece of heavily percussive electronics. Again, way too danceable for my tastes.

Conclusion

What is the idea behind this? They use all kinds of exotic names, but in the end it boils down to a brand of Eurodisco and Jarre like electronics, with those New Agey elements thrown in to make it sound world music like. The end result is muzak and forgettable.

© Jurriaan Hage