for me, it’s TOI definitely, and dorset perception ...the album itself just seems to be less overwhelming for people unfamiliar with the music than nothing lasts, and they seem to enjoy the ambient before the more upbeat shpongle…i’ve found the upbeat songs tend to be an acquired taste, which may be the case with psytrance in general…
A friend of mine who’s not reaLly into this kind of music, recentLy summed it up as “....trance etc. is an acquired taste, which why peopLe who haven’t acquired the taste don’t reaLly get it, but peopLe who have… well, it gives them everything they need!”.
A nice track indeed, I really like Star Shpongled Banner too and some others but for some reason Dorset Perception doesn’t do it for me (not my type of track) or for me YB is really good! also a good intro to get into Shpongle… still listen to it (YB) very often. Can’t wait for the next album.
Not too many “Are You Shpongled?” responses. I’m kind of surprised. I see the three albums as if they were a movie triology. I’d want someone to start from the beginning. If I had to pick a song, I would say “Vapour Rumours”. It’s like you can’t listen to TOI until you’ve heard Are You Shpongled? It’s like being upgraded to Shpongle 2.0
Remeber, a lot of people saw The Empire Strikes Back before seeing the original Star Wars.
I agree though, in a perfect world, you would be given all 3 albums and forced to listen to the back to back on a top quality sound system. I was introduced to Shpongle with TOI, so I guess I gravitate to that. I see it as more of a middle ground between the eclecticity of Are You? and the more dancy vibe of Nothing Lasts.
[quote author=“dj_pa”]Not too many “Are You Shpongled?” responses. I’m kind of surprised. I see the three albums as if they were a movie triology. I’d want someone to start from the beginning. If I had to pick a song, I would say “Vapour Rumours”. It’s like you can’t listen to TOI until you’ve heard Are You Shpongled? It’s like being upgraded to Shpongle 2.0
Are You Shpongled is really drawn-out and ambient though, it’s like you really have to go deep into it
If the mood was right I’d definitely put it on, personally I love it, but for the casual listener (who you’re trying to convert) I think it’s a bit too dreamy for them to really sink their teeth into
The first entire Shpongle album I listened to was Tales of the Inexpressible, and it remains my favorite to this day. I think that ambient is typically a odd kind of music for those not familiar with psychadelic electronic music, and Are You Shpongled is definitely more subdued than the albums that followed.
The flow of Tales of the Inexpressible is unreal. I love introducing it to people completely out of touch with any type of electronic scene, let alone psytrance. Usually blows them away. If they are not in touch at all, Once Upon A Sea of Blissfull Awareness opens people up to how beautiful this music can be, of course the more upbeatedness (I think I invented that word just now) of Dorset hooks ‘em too.
Throw a bong hit at them first and they are converts for sure.