This Month's Soundtrack, December 2008 - EMusician

This Month's Soundtrack, December 2008

Check out new releases from top artists as picked by the EM editors for the December 2008 issue
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These albums encompass a diverse range of styles and composition methods, from ambient and avant-garde electronics to funk and pop.

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PC MUÑOZ: GRAB BAG (TALKING-HOUSE)

Compelling beats, clever lyrics, and special guests, such as cellist Jean Jeanrenaud, make this album an enjoyable listen.

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THE ELECTRONIC HAMMER: HOW TO PHILOSOPHIZE WITH A HAMMER (EMF MEDIA)

Solo percussion processed live with two laptops forms the basis of this collection of exceptional electroacoustic pieces.

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RICHARD BARBIERI: STRANGER INSIDE (KSCOPE)

A lovely collection of dark and mysterious pieces combining synths and beats with acoustic bass and drums.

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ROBERT RICH AND FARYUS: ZIRKALO (FARIA)

Time stops as the deep, brooding drones from this powerful American-Russian collaboration slowly unfold.

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BARRY SCHRADER: MONKEY KING (INNOVA)

Two large-scale electronic works that sparkle with clangorous timbres and bubble with rich washes of sound.