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Via Tania "Under a Different Sky" Reviewed by ...

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by casekonly, Aug 18, 2003.

  1. casekonly

    casekonly Veteran Member

    Joined: Aug 6, 2002 Messages: 8,264 Likes Received: 5

    The low hum of a busy city pouring through a window is what woke me up. I blinked and looked around, not recognizing a thing. I was in a bed, not my own, and there was a woman next to me, asleep. Suddenly a looming terror hit me like a king wave-- I didn't know who she was, and I didn't know who I was either.

    I looked out the window and saw a faceless city, covered in billboards and traffic lights and tall buildings, and people walking here and there, all of them with a purpose and presumably all of them knowing who they were and what they had to do. Perhaps the woman could help, she must know me. I gently shook her and was greeted by a sleepy, but undeniably beautiful face. Her large green eyes opened slowly, she shook her long, dark hair, and arched her back under the covers, her breasts pressing against the white sheets.

    "Who are you?" she said, half-asleep. Then she sat bolt upright and gripped the covers over her breasts. "Who are you! Where am I! How did I get here?!"

    "I don't know...I don't know who you are and... I don't know who I am either."

    She stared at me, and I stared at her, looking for an answer in each other's eyes, but there was nothing there to hold on to. Looking out the window together we tried to remember names of cities, names of states, names of countries. The names came abundantly (Buffalo! Geneva! Zimbabwe!) but had no resonance, no real meaning. We watched people shuffle around below and began to talk, to plan. We had nothing but each other and the contents of the apartment, which we began to explore.

    The apartment was small, one room, and was virtually empty. A massive stereo system was one of the few things that stood out, and a vast collection of Vinyl and CDs. Thumbing through them my memory suddenly sparked.

    "Radiohead!" I called out. The woman looked at me and smiled widely, laughing along with me "Radiohead!" She knew it too. I shuffled through the CDs, calling out names as I went that I recognized, happy to know something, anything about this world I had awakened to. We decided to listen to some music to calm us down.

    Sorting through the CDs there was one that intrigued me, called Under a Different Sky by Via Tania so I put it on and sat down, listening to the city buzz below before the music started. I was greeted with lush melodies and a beautiful, enigmatic voice. Waves of sound, the hum of mysterious beauty, and fragmented poetry all mixed together in the air and I was transfixed, leaning in to hear better as if I could dive into the music. The music was both spare and full, suggesting silhouettes drawn in smoke, illuminated by light and then plunged into darkness before a match is lit. Drawing the listener into a world of whispery vocals, secretive beats, and moody, atmospheric frames, Under a Different Sky insinuates its way into your being. While many of the tracks are downtempo and reminiscent of the Portishead/Seafeel style of ominous tranquility, others are more straightforward showcases of lyrics and a the unique voice of their author. Via Tania tells a story of a human being trying to make its way through a world full of contradictions, lies, false emotion, and true love. The universal is rendered personal and the personal becomes universal. However the listener is left to draw his own conclusions, because in the end one Via Tania knows that we are ultimately completely alone.



    stolen from usounds.com or someshit.

    this is a great album, just picked it up today. she's on the "chocolate industries" label, same as push button objects (went to warp or another one), prefuse 73 (who is on warp now???), while (super dope), ko-wreck technique (dj craze and a bunch of other cats)....
    good shit, thought i'd recommend it to the rest.
  2. $360

    $360 Elite Member

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    you almost have me sold. it sounds really fucking good. for someone who likes radiohead and portishead, a good buy?
  3. casekonly

    casekonly Veteran Member

    Joined: Aug 6, 2002 Messages: 8,264 Likes Received: 5
    definitely worth the money. look, download it on soulseek, and if you like it, go buy it. this chick should definitely get some money to do another album.

    i heard a prefuse 73 remix of one of her songs entitled "drift away" and i knew i should check this chick out further....so, i got the album "under a different sky"
    she has several different styles on the album, some trip hop, some accoustic, some kinda hard rock...in a way, it's weird...some straight up beats...more or less abstract...alot of stand up bass...snares...oh, man, her snares sound wonderful...if i could get snare sounds like her, i'd urinate on myself on the daily...

    not to mention, she's cute
  4. $360

    $360 Elite Member

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    ok, sold. im getting it tomorrow. ive really wanted to get something new and different. i was going to just get a cd that i had and lost, but this sounds like its worth getting.

    and yeah, she is damn cute
  5. casekonly

    casekonly Veteran Member

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    she's on my desktop now... i close down photoshop every once in awhile to stare at her.
  6. $360

    $360 Elite Member

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    hahahahahah thats fucking awesome!id probably do the same if i didnt have to share this computer with 2 other people
  7. casekonly

    casekonly Veteran Member

    Joined: Aug 6, 2002 Messages: 8,264 Likes Received: 5