Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Featured Artist(s): 17 Pygmies

A space/post-rock concept album based on a 15th century Spanish literary classic? Yeah, it works, thanks to veteran band 17 Pygmies.

You know how there's no sound in space as the sound waves can't expand in a vacuum? Well, evidently they can, if you carry them with you on your interstellar trek. This can be done at the comfort of your own home, of course, though seeing those distant points of light flash by can be a wondrous experience on its own.

But this isn't just a trippy album. It is, like the novel it's inspired by and that bears its name (La Celestina) an emotionally charged work of art. While the book concentrates on era themed ideas and characters such as greedy and treacherous servants, the album takes a calmer approach, gently propelling the listener from one emotional nuance to the next. Perhaps best experienced as a full album in a quiet darkened corner, it still allows you to break away from the surroundings for a celestial and human voyage.

Check out 17 Pygmies' MySpace and last.fm pages for additional details and updates.

17 Pygmies - Celestina VI {MP3} (from Celestina)
17 Pygmies - Celestina VII {MP3} (from Celestina)

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