Memories Dreams Reflections

Memories Dreams Reflections

by Banco de Gaia


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To celebrate two decades of creating ambient and downtempo electronica under the name Banco de Gaia, Toby Marks put together this enjoyable if slightly uneven two-disc set, a retrospective of sorts that takes a fresh look at his past rather than simply gathering and recapitulating it. On the first disc, he reinterprets both his own work (longtime fans will get a particular kick out of his Euro-trance reconstruction of "Soufie") and that of others -- Hawkwind's "Spirit of the Age" is given a long, luxurious interpretation that incorporates elements of house, funk, and ska, while King Crimson's "Starless" gets an even longer -- and frankly rather plodding -- arrangement of its own. His most ambitious experiment on the first disc is a rendition of Pink Floyd's "Echoes" that lasts fully 22 minutes -- an impressive feat, and one that does a fine job of blending Marks's own personal electronic vision seamlessly with Floyd's unique sound. But it's about twice as long as it has any excuse to be. On the second disc, he gathers together live performances going back as far as 1993, one -- the jazz and shamelessly smooth "Celestine" -- featuring a full band. Top honors on this part of the program go to "Qurna" (which starts out in a pleasantly dubwise mood and then gradually gets darker and more Middle Eastern) and "No Rain," with its densely packed textures and exotic choral samples.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/07/2017
Label: Disco Gecko Recordin
UPC: 5038719001327
catalogNumber: 10
Rank: 90742

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Banco de Gaia   Primary Artist
Gary Spacey-Foote   Tenor Saxophone
Larry Whelan   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Toby Marks   Guitar,Vocals,Synthesizer Guitar,electronics
Ashley Hopkins   Bass
Maya Preece   Vocals
Ted Duggan   Drums
Neil Sleat   Vocals

Technical Credits

Bill Bruford   Composer
Hawkwind   Engineer
King Crimson   Engineer
Roger Waters   Composer
John Wetton   Composer
Dave Brock   Composer
Robert Calvert   Composer
Nick Mason   Composer
Richard Wright   Composer
David Cross   Composer
Pink Floyd   Engineer
Robert Fripp   Composer
Banco de Gaia   Engineer
Toby Marks   Composer,Producer
Rob Risso   Engineer
Eugenie Arrowsmith   Cover Photo
Gilmour   Composer
Dave Whitehead   Artwork

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