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15-10-2006 22-10-2006 2 1
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"While their State River Widening and Ellis Island Sound music projects are better known, multi-instrumentalists Keiron Phelan & David Sheppard's eponymous album is the more intriguingly creative - their debut, 'O Little Stars', was easily one of the best electronic albums of 2002. Their four-year-later follow-up mixes electro-acoustic instrumentation (Fender, viola, mallets and horns) and Ines Naranjo's warm vocals with simple melodies and bright polyrhythms to produce a superb collection of instrumental tracks. If 'O Little Stars' showcased their giddy experimentalism as producers, 'Harps Old Master' displays Phelan and Sheppard's mellow maturing as composers and musicians. Hazel Wand, Weaving Song, Oriental Star and Lady Never City, in particular, boldly fuse propulsive minimalism with freeform jazz. Harps Old Masters marks an exciting new stage in Phelan Sheppard's ongoing musical journey." (Jocelyn Clarke in 'The Irish Times') See also Phelan Sheppard / Niandra Ladies and Smile Down Upon Us.

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