Or let’s say you could only pick the on musical group to take with you on a journey into space, or the deep amazon, or whereever. One group only…for the foreseeable future. The Beatles and Pink Floyd might edge out Shpongle right now for me, but only because of their extensive discography with S4, perhaps they’ll gain that top spot.
If I could only take on album, then yes, it would be one of Shpongle’s. :wink:
I’d also like to make it known, my theory I came up with one night (morning) after a looong night at a party. I was sitting in my room decompressing, and it dawned on me that Shpongle occurs organically in nature. Simon just happened to harness it before anyone else. Damn you Posford!!! Damn YOU!!!!!
hahaha. it’s a bit of a nutty theory, and you’d have hard time proving it, but I got a good chuckle out of it when I thought it up.
Well it depends what you definie as a “big deal”. All I know is that I love Shpongle, is kind of an aquired taste IMHO. I mean when I first heard them I thought they were ok, then I started listening to them more often and I started to really like them, Like love how layerd the songs are, and how original they are and everything. Then I tried listening to them while on various Hallucinogenics such as Magic Mushrooms and LSA (Simaler to LSD, but 95% weaker) and I fell in love with them. It would take to long to explain why I did, but they are so much better on Entheogens and Hallucinogens.
All I’m really saying is that you have to give them some time, relax at your house, turn up the shpongle and let the music take you away. Try to forget about how abstract it is and how “odd” some of these songs can be.
To me, what makes Shpongle special is that it seems like such fearless music, free from judgement and restrictions. It’s like they went into the studio as clear channels and tapped into something cosmic and yet earthy and organic. The music is so tangible, and yet like nothing else. It’s so easy to stick to the same old formular when making music, with Shpongle they didn’t just throw the rule book out of the window, they tore it to shreds and gleefully jumped up and down on the shards like naughty pixies.
Rather, they took the rulebook, and transformed it into a whole new set of rules.
Like a spider web of musical styles, they took a strand of each and combined it with another and another until they created a tapestry like no other.
There are many things to appreciate and admire in Shpongle but ultimately what sets them apart, in my mind, is their level of musicality. In comparison the vast majority of ambient is either full of random noises arranged in such a way it shouldn’t really be classed as music or, worse, is incredibly dull and does nothing to set itself apart.