Monday, 13 May 2013
Recommended music: 'Jangala' by Corduroi
An album that's not afraid to aim high with its ambitions, this release from Austin-based electronic man Cody Wilson tells the story of a shipwrecked adventure on an exotic island. And while you might think that it would be hard to achieve this with a completely instrumental album he pretty much succeeds in conjuring up a visual story from the sounds contained within. In much the same way as Gold Panda's 'Lucky Shiner' (to which this record has a number of similarities) Wilson is able to conjure up different moods and settings with a deft flick of the keys. From the shipwreck itself on opener 'Mainomai', all noise and confusion, through the beautiful exploration of the island on 'Dream Lemur / Low Tides', and on to the hedonistic beach-party finale of 'Syzygy' you're taken on an audio journey. It would work great as a soundtrack to Alex Garland's novel 'The Beach' - if you haven't read it get yourself a copy and put this on in the background while you read it, it'll be a much more enjoyable experience than watching the film version! 'Jangala' apparently means 'uncharted territories' in Sanskrit, and while they may be unfamiliar to you now these territories are definitely worth a visit.
The attention to detail in the music is shared in the packaging. As shown in the picture above there is a limited 'physical' release on a USB card with the album artwork, but you'll have to be quick if you want one as there were only 40 made (mine's on its way in the post from the States). If you manage to get one the USB version also comes with 2 extra tracks, or if not you can just download the standard version for $5 from Corduroi's Bandcamp page. You can listen to the whole thing and find the links to buy it below.