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Implosion Quintet - The Future Sound Of Yesterday
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Implosion Quintet

The Future Sound Of Yesterday


Released: 6th July 2009 | 12 track downtempo single
Implosion Quintet are temptingly suspicious, with their tales of the unexpected and quiet-into-loud inquisitions - IDJ Before we go any further let us first dispel the myth - Implosion Quinet is not a band at all, but in fact the single-handed work of visionary multi-instrumentalist James Baker, a British musician now residing in Norway. Spluttering into life in 2001, Baker started Implosion Quintet as a lo-tech hip-hop hybrid mashed together using a primitive music program on a Playstation. Despite such humble beginnings, Brighton's Cookshop label saw much promise in these early creations and formed a long term relationship with Baker which has ultimately brought us to this intriguing long-player debut. Stylistically speaking, there have been swift changes to the Implosion Quintet sound, with early creations morphing into cinematic spy-jazz and beyond, ending up as the current schizo blend of instrumental-tango-electro-jazz-trash we have here. Whilst an undercurrent of bohemian Eastern Europe runs beneath the breadth of the album, Baker explores a dizzying number of different avenues along the way, one minute knee deep in 70's stoner-sludge rock, the next basking in shimmering electronic glitchiness. It might sound wrong on paper, but somehow he makes it work. Perhaps it's because, being self taught, his music is composed in terms of contrasting texture - light vs. dark, dense vs. sparse and so on. A bi-polar approach, if you like. And despite moving forward technologically speaking since those console-composing days, Baker sticks to his fundamental belief in keeping things rough, not from ineptitude or laziness, but as a reaction to today's obnoxious love affair with audio airbrushing and a realisation that continually chasing studio-clean values can be a creatively crushing affair. Whilst comparisons could be made to artists such as A Hawk & A Hacksaw, Beirut or Matt Elliott, who've all explored traditional Eastern European folk sounds within their music, Baker has taken things one step further presenting a body of work that is challenging and rewarding in equal measure.
"a vital work that's part Barry Adamson, part 'In Rainbows' & the part of your mind that makes you commit evil acts"
"on beats-based soundbeds, Baker lays down compositions of a bewildering & beguilingly hybrid nature"
"...sounds as if it should accompany the trials & tribulations of a Balkan cowboy trapped in a space capsule with an opera singing Nosferatu"
Music Omh
"Implosion Quintet are temptingly suspicious, with their tales of the unexpected and quiet-into-loud inquisitions"