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Lifeforms

The Future Sound Of London

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Having indulged in more explicitly ambient realms with the Amorphous Androgynous side project, FSOL returned to full action with Lifeforms, a double-disc effort that ranks as one of the best experimental techno releases of the '90s. If not as immediately memorable on a song per song basis as, say, Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works collections, as an overall piece, Lifeforms makes for an inventive, fascinating aural experience, as rich and detailed as the Orb's best work. Where FSOL differs from that band in particular is the comparative lack of overt humor and less immediate desire to make people groove -- this is something to listen to rather than necessarily dance to. In comparison to Accelerator, this is an extremely subtle listen, with rhythms generally buried in the mix, serving the melodies rather than vice versa. In comparison to the upfront breaks and steady house beats just two years previous, here they're stuttered, echoed, often approaching dub in pace and impact. Meanwhile, the space-alien bubbles and noises and haunting tones take to the fore, making for a disorienting, evocative experience, a mix of natural sounds and artificial elements much like the band's own artwork. Even the singles, "Cascade" and "Lifeforms," play down the beat. The one for "Cascade" is barely there, swooping samples and soft synth hooks to the fore, while "Lifeforms," for its comparatively more direct impact, relies as much on its keyboard swell and chiming melody as much as the complex overlay of rhythms. There are a few guest appearances here and there, but they're mostly notable for how the band incorporate them instead of letting them stand out -- Robert Fripp's guitar on "Flak," Talvin Singh's tablas on "Life Form Ends," and Toni Halliday from Curve doing a "vocal texture" on "Cerebral."
© Ned Raggett /TiVo

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1
Cascade
00:05:59

The Future Sound Of London, Producer, MainArtist - Brian Dougans, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Yage, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Garry Cobain, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1994 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1994 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1994 Virgin Records Ltd

2
Ill Flower
00:03:24

The Future Sound Of London, Producer, MainArtist - Brian Dougans, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Yage, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Garry Cobain, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1994 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1994 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1994 Virgin Records Ltd

3
Flak
00:04:53

Robert Fripp, Composer - Thompson, Composer - The Future Sound Of London, Producer, MainArtist - Brian Dougans, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Anna-Lynne Williams, Composer - Yage, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Garry Cobain, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Nightingale, Composer - Grossart, Composer

(C) 1994 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1994 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1994 Virgin Records Ltd

4
Bird Wings
00:01:30

The Future Sound Of London, Producer, MainArtist - Brian Dougans, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Yage, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Garry Cobain, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1994 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1994 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1994 Virgin Records Ltd

5
Dead Skin Cells
00:06:50

The Future Sound Of London, Producer, MainArtist - Brian Dougans, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Yage, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Garry Cobain, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1994 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1994 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1994 Virgin Records Ltd

6
Lifeforms
00:05:18

Elizabeth Fraser, Composer - The Future Sound Of London, Producer, MainArtist - Brian Dougans, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Yage, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Garry Cobain, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1994 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1994 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1994 Virgin Records Ltd

7
Eggshell
00:06:45

The Future Sound Of London, Producer, MainArtist - Brian Dougans, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Yage, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Garry Cobain, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1994 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1994 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1994 Virgin Records Ltd

8
Among Myselves
00:05:52

The Future Sound Of London, Producer, MainArtist - Brian Dougans, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Yage, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Garry Cobain, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1994 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1994 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1994 Virgin Records Ltd

DISC 2

1
Domain
00:02:48

The Future Sound Of London, Producer, MainArtist - Brian Dougans, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Yage, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Garry Cobain, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1994 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1994 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1994 Virgin Records Ltd

2
Spineless Jelly
00:04:41

The Future Sound Of London, Producer, MainArtist - Brian Dougans, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Yage, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Garry Cobain, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1994 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1994 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1994 Virgin Records Ltd

3
Interstat
00:00:55

The Future Sound Of London, Producer, MainArtist - Brian Dougans, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Yage, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Garry Cobain, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1994 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1994 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1994 Virgin Records Ltd

4
Vertical Pig
00:06:45

The Future Sound Of London, Producer, MainArtist - Brian Dougans, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Yage, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Garry Cobain, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1994 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1994 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1994 Virgin Records Ltd

5
Cerebral
00:03:30

The Future Sound Of London, Producer, MainArtist - Brian Dougans, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Yage, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Garry Cobain, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1994 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1994 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1994 Virgin Records Ltd

6
Life Form Ends
00:05:03

The Future Sound Of London, Producer, MainArtist - Brian Dougans, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Yage, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Garry Cobain, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1994 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1994 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1994 Virgin Records Ltd

7
Vit
00:06:48

The Future Sound Of London, Producer, MainArtist - Brian Dougans, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Yage, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Garry Cobain, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1994 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1994 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1994 Virgin Records Ltd

8
Omnipresence
00:06:39

The Future Sound Of London, Producer, MainArtist - Brian Dougans, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Yage, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Garry Cobain, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1994 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1994 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1994 Virgin Records Ltd

9
Room 208
00:06:13

The Future Sound Of London, Producer, MainArtist - Brian Dougans, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Yage, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Garry Cobain, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1994 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1994 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1994 Virgin Records Ltd

10
Elaborate Burn
00:03:15

The Future Sound Of London, Producer, MainArtist - Brian Dougans, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Yage, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Garry Cobain, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1994 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1994 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1994 Virgin Records Ltd

11
Little Brother
00:05:12

The Future Sound Of London, Producer, MainArtist - Brian Dougans, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Yage, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Garry Cobain, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1994 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1994 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1994 Virgin Records Ltd

Album Description

Having indulged in more explicitly ambient realms with the Amorphous Androgynous side project, FSOL returned to full action with Lifeforms, a double-disc effort that ranks as one of the best experimental techno releases of the '90s. If not as immediately memorable on a song per song basis as, say, Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works collections, as an overall piece, Lifeforms makes for an inventive, fascinating aural experience, as rich and detailed as the Orb's best work. Where FSOL differs from that band in particular is the comparative lack of overt humor and less immediate desire to make people groove -- this is something to listen to rather than necessarily dance to. In comparison to Accelerator, this is an extremely subtle listen, with rhythms generally buried in the mix, serving the melodies rather than vice versa. In comparison to the upfront breaks and steady house beats just two years previous, here they're stuttered, echoed, often approaching dub in pace and impact. Meanwhile, the space-alien bubbles and noises and haunting tones take to the fore, making for a disorienting, evocative experience, a mix of natural sounds and artificial elements much like the band's own artwork. Even the singles, "Cascade" and "Lifeforms," play down the beat. The one for "Cascade" is barely there, swooping samples and soft synth hooks to the fore, while "Lifeforms," for its comparatively more direct impact, relies as much on its keyboard swell and chiming melody as much as the complex overlay of rhythms. There are a few guest appearances here and there, but they're mostly notable for how the band incorporate them instead of letting them stand out -- Robert Fripp's guitar on "Flak," Talvin Singh's tablas on "Life Form Ends," and Toni Halliday from Curve doing a "vocal texture" on "Cerebral."
© Ned Raggett /TiVo

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