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Paul White And The Purple Brain

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With this album, U.K. producer Paul White has taken the concept of the remix to what is probably its logical conclusion. Using the music of a fairly obscure 1990s Swedish psych rock artist named S.T. Mikael as its basis, Paul White and the Purple Brain takes that music, shatters and shreds it into fragments, and then fastens the little pieces onto a grid of rhythms -- sometimes funky, sometimes lurchingly clumsy, sometimes metronomically regular. At its best, the experiment succeeds by combining nostalgic musical affection with wry whimsy, as on the sitar-laden "Dance Scene" or the beautiful and straightforward "My Guitar Whales" (which evokes African Head Charge in its use of field recorded samples) or the Middle Eastern ambience of "Bom Bom" (which, strangely enough, evokes Muslimgauze at his most inscrutably exotic). At other times, you get the impression that White simply took a very large number of cool sounds and decided to throw them in a pile, and then use some kind of rhythmic snap-to-grid function to force them into structural coherence: the album-opening "Gentle Freak" comes across that way, as does the rather claustrophobic "Ancient Treasure." And once in a while, the chaos and imbalance produce something decidedly special: "Fly with Me" is both unnerving and wonderful, with its unidentifiable background noises, chopped-up vocal samples, and zombies-at-the-high-school-dance rhythmic stagger. This is far from a perfect album, but it's also very far from boring and it errs on the side of inspiration as often as not.
© Rick Anderson /TiVo

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1
Crazy Science Intro
00:00:24

Paul White, Composer, Writer, MainArtist

2
Gentle Freak
00:02:23

Paul White, MainArtist - Paul White and S.T. Mikael, Composer, Writer

3
Pride
00:02:07

Paul White, MainArtist - Paul White and S.T. Mikael, Composer, Writer

4
Fire Soul
00:01:00

Paul White, MainArtist - Paul White and S.T. Mikael, Composer, Writer

5
Ancient Treasure
00:01:49

Paul White, MainArtist - Paul White and S.T. Mikael, Composer, Writer

6
Marshen Signals
00:02:02

Paul White, MainArtist - Paul White and S.T. Mikael, Composer, Writer

7
Bom Bom
00:01:27

Paul White, MainArtist - Paul White and S.T. Mikael, Composer, Writer

8
Come Back
00:01:12

Paul White, MainArtist - Paul White and S.T. Mikael, Composer, Writer

9
Dance Scene
00:01:59

Paul White, MainArtist - Paul White and S.T. Mikael, Composer, Writer

10
Music Trip Interlude
00:00:48

Paul White, MainArtist - Paul White and S.T. Mikael, Composer, Writer

11
Fly With Me
00:02:10

Paul White, MainArtist - Paul White and S.T. Mikael, Composer, Writer

12
Body Spirals Pt. II
00:02:19

Paul White, MainArtist - Paul White and S.T. Mikael, Composer, Writer

13
Alone Again
00:01:58

Paul White, MainArtist - Paul White and S.T. Mikael, Composer, Writer

14
Promises
00:00:49

Paul White, MainArtist - Paul White and S.T. Mikael, Composer, Writer

15
Mushroom Forest
00:00:36

Paul White, Composer, Writer, MainArtist

16
My Guitar Whales
00:01:41

Paul White, MainArtist - Paul White and S.T. Mikael, Composer, Writer

17
Organ Therapy
00:01:29

Paul White, MainArtist - Paul White and S.T. Mikael, Composer, Writer

18
Comedy Hour
00:01:16

Paul White, MainArtist - Paul White and S.T. Mikael, Composer, Writer

19
Mind The World
00:01:52

Paul White, Composer, Writer, MainArtist

20
Purple Brain Interlude
00:00:29

Paul White, MainArtist - Paul White and S.T. Mikael, Composer, Writer

21
Let It Out
00:01:58

Paul White, MainArtist - Paul White and S.T. Mikael, Composer, Writer

22
Bingo
00:00:49

Paul White, MainArtist - Paul White and S.T. Mikael, Composer, Writer

23
Ride With Me
00:01:42

Paul White, MainArtist - Paul White and S.T. Mikael, Composer, Writer

24
Every Breath
00:02:20

Paul White, MainArtist - Paul White and S.T. Mikael, Composer, Writer

25
Professional Criminals
00:00:44

Paul White, MainArtist - Paul White and S.T. Mikael, Composer, Writer

Album Description

With this album, U.K. producer Paul White has taken the concept of the remix to what is probably its logical conclusion. Using the music of a fairly obscure 1990s Swedish psych rock artist named S.T. Mikael as its basis, Paul White and the Purple Brain takes that music, shatters and shreds it into fragments, and then fastens the little pieces onto a grid of rhythms -- sometimes funky, sometimes lurchingly clumsy, sometimes metronomically regular. At its best, the experiment succeeds by combining nostalgic musical affection with wry whimsy, as on the sitar-laden "Dance Scene" or the beautiful and straightforward "My Guitar Whales" (which evokes African Head Charge in its use of field recorded samples) or the Middle Eastern ambience of "Bom Bom" (which, strangely enough, evokes Muslimgauze at his most inscrutably exotic). At other times, you get the impression that White simply took a very large number of cool sounds and decided to throw them in a pile, and then use some kind of rhythmic snap-to-grid function to force them into structural coherence: the album-opening "Gentle Freak" comes across that way, as does the rather claustrophobic "Ancient Treasure." And once in a while, the chaos and imbalance produce something decidedly special: "Fly with Me" is both unnerving and wonderful, with its unidentifiable background noises, chopped-up vocal samples, and zombies-at-the-high-school-dance rhythmic stagger. This is far from a perfect album, but it's also very far from boring and it errs on the side of inspiration as often as not.
© Rick Anderson /TiVo

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