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Apollo by Icebreaker (2)
Released: Jun 2012
Label: Cantaloupe Music
Reworking Brian Eno’s ambient music for regular instruments and live performance may seem like a quixotic idea. But listen to what happens after all the reverb and back-masking of tones is stripped away: His music is revealed as gorgeous when the attack of each note is rendered more clearly. Woojun Lee was selected by Eno to orchestrate Apollo, and they could hardly have found a better ensemble to play this music than Icebreaker (who are joined by pedal steel expert BJ Cole on five countrified cuts). It may sound more earthbound than the original, but this Apollo is still cosmically fine.
Seth Colter Walls
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