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Basque create exceptionally beautiful songs. Think 'Cocteau Twins' at their most minimal, add a touch more atmosphere and intrigue...
What I can tell you is this, Falling Forward is a work of uncompromising beauty and intelligence. It wraps its wings about you, sheltering you within this place of safety and fortifying the spirit for its inevitable re-emergence. In the tradition of Dead Can Dance, and Loreena McKennit, has emerged another voice that is fluent in the language of our inner selves. I can and do recommend Basque's Falling Forward. There's a great deal of choice out there in the marketplace. There is music to entertain, and then there is music that exists for no other purpose than to edify. This is Basque, don't be content until you've shared in this experience.
They are a band with a mature, quirky and deceptively simple vision, and Falling Forward is definitely a worthy effort. The CD opens on a breathtaking note with 'Somefire.' Brandt is one of the most creative bassists I've ever heard: I'm reminded of mid-period Robert Fripp taken down an octave. Maryasque's vocalise fills the spaces between his occasional notes like Jon Hassell's trumpet playing on Eno's Ambient albums. From that auspicious beginning, things only get better with Falling Forward.
only after I gave it a second, serious listen did I realize just how *good* these guys really are. Like Henryk Gorecki or Anton Bruckner, this is subtle stuff. Some critics have called it 'ambient', but that is misleading. Ambient music is intended to function as a backdrop and not as a *ding an sich*; Basque's music, on the other hand, demands ... and rewards ... close attention. This one is highly recommended.
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