With bouncy grooves and beats, gentle guitars, lush horns and quirky samples, this follow up to the debut ‘Soundtracks For Sunrise’ provides a dreamy laid back escape that flows from one imaginary scene to the next. Following the theme of a perfect day, The Winston Giles Orchestra presents a playful and inspiring album full of magic, warmth and joy - a perfect album for summer.
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"A rare treasure 8/10"
Wow, if ever there was an album that warranted the name ‘A magnificent beautiful day’, this is it. Weaving a wonderfully rich tapestry of sounds together to create a ‘dreamy and laid back escape that flows from one imaginary scene to the next’, AMBD is a rare treasure. As good music should, the sounds transport you to a place where worries melt away and rhythm and melody consume your being and you feel ‘safe, happy, warm, and protected.’ OK so I’m being slightly superlative, but it’s not all hyperbole, it really is great stuff. The guitars are gorgeous, the rhythms are inspiring, and the rest of the instruments, be they horns or flutes or saxophones or electric doohickeys, are similarly divine. It’s kind of where Lemonjelly meets Thievery Corporation – a match made in heaven. Actually that’s a damn good way of describing it. As much as I love them all, I particularly like the tracks All for You, Chakra Superstar, and Not A Cloud In The Sky. In the latter they lay down a simple guitar riff, and then build layer upon layer over the top until you can’t help but smile. I guess that’s kind of how I’d sum the whole thing up.
"irresistible ambient flavor"
There's much to be gained for this highly accessible, warm and emotive summery album from the enigmatic Winston Giles - who has returned to Australia after 8 years in the USA. Prior to his "Orchestra" he had several music projects including rock band "Floor 13" that he took to the States and twisted house act "Atari Baby". Like his "Soundtracks for Sunrise" from January "05, this album has moments of real audio-phonic brilliance amongst the breezy mostly instrumental batch of tunes (with scattered vocals and slinky sitar). On first hearing Giles i thought it might be a secret Lemon Jelly project - and than i thought , if so, they are becoming more consistent and likable. He creates an irresistible ambient flavor with a nice mix of organic instruments and technology. Great stuff!