Snöleoparden - Snöleoparden
Label: Rump Recordings
Release: 3rd March 2008
Distribution: Rump Recordings
Yes Rump Recordings from Denmark is known for their pathbreaking releases in electronic music. But if you listened carefully to their last releases you always had a vague feeling, hard to entitle, electronic music with a songwriter attitude. Experimental songwriter music? In which direction will this journey go?
Now with the release of Snöeleoparden, the miracle gets a kind of solving. Rump Recordings bridges the gap between handmade songwriter music and experimental electronic music, with offering both musical directions a platform with their labels work.
Snöleoparden is a miracle, as a musician and as an animal, living in a cold environment you would associate this animal always based in warmer places. As a musician you probably rate this music at first sight as a kind of world or ethnic music. But both feelings are definitely wrong!
Jonas Stampe is a multinstrumentalist, and at first sight his vita and his musical socialisation could bring him to the drawer world musician. Living and working in Morocco, India and especially Pakistan. Not to forget to tell you that he learned and worked together with Ravi Shankar. But he also worked together with the cyber jazz band Badun and Karsten Pflum, The Broken Beats, Vektormusik, Antophones … just to name a few.
Snöleopardens album is a masterpiece that needs attention and time to understand what’s really going on, its like seeing interesting sculpture for the first time and spending two hours to watch it from different views and angles to solve its secret. Yes, at first Snöleoparden’s music sounds ethnic and strongly influenced from his “Pakistani times“. But then after ten minutes, lately in the middle of the track “Xylofon” you receive a different impression, this music is made by a child! This artist is a great artisan but he sounds like someone who doesn’t care about the grown up conventions. Then with the track “Water Puppet Theatre” your feelings and thoughts get redirected again, this is Psychedelic music that pleases your ears and heart… With the tracks “Trance” and “Den Evige” you get a hypnotic impression through the electronic ambient and the endless loops, even if both tracks where produced and recorded in a very different way.
This music owns a very special atmosphere, it’s fresh and sunny, but you also need time to access it, it’s easy to consume but owns a high experimentally approach. This is music that doesn’t hide its feelings. With open arms its invites the listener to explore its secrets.
No compromises where made, this is music which is constructed, written and produced in a kind of old fashioned way, and so it becomes epoch making. This is freedom for your ears and balsam for your heart, exotic and wonderful like meeting an old friend after decades of yours again.
A great and beautiful album that will conquer your heart.
Beauty of the month March!!!