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What the Moon Heard (Remastered)

by Planet Be

an intriguing, eclectic mix of original electronic, ambient, shoegaze, jazz, world, dance and more...diverse, yet wonderfully a favored mixtape.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Because the Wind Kissed My Cheek (Remastered)
2:49 $0.99
2. Carl, Say It Again (Remastered)
4:20 $0.99
3. Fireflies (Remastered)
4:26 $0.99
4. Gloriously Lost (Remastered)
4:56 $0.99
5. The New Number Is (Remastered)
4:15 $0.99
6. Where We've Fallen (Remastered)
5:54 $0.99
7. Of Unknown Whereabouts (Remastered)
6:44 $0.99
8. Sol Survivor (Remastered)
6:08 $0.99
9. An Olive Branch, a Mea Culpa (Remastered)
6:29 $0.99
10. Rhythm of Pride (Remastered)
4:50 $0.99
11. We Couldn't Decide (Remastered)
4:16 $0.99
12. Made of Roses (Remastered)
4:13 $0.99
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Album Notes
Planet Be is the brainchild of Michael Morrongiello, founding member of the original late '70s, early '80s Brooklyn based New Wave group, The Coolies. Michael sang, played synthesizer and sax in that group, which released an EP in 1980 called, Government Time. The EP, recorded by Brooklyn based engineer/producer Doug Pomeroy, was pressed to only 1000 vinyl copies. Today, copies of the EP show up on eBay occasionally, with unopened copies selling for high prices.

Since the Coolies disbanded in '82, Michael has been making music, on and off, at home, in various styles (ambient being the most frequent style), using a variety of inexpensive instruments and recording equipment. His 1884 independent cassette release, Travels And Places, sent out for review in Sound Choice magazine, received the following praise:

"Travels and Places is the exact opposite of many cassette culture products that show up in a fancy package festooned with color Xeroxes or razor blades and convince you upon hearing that the packaging was much more interesting than the contents. This one showed up with a cassette card lettered in ball-point pen and little fanfare. It's the sort of thing that one of your reticent friends who "makes tapes now and then" might slip you at a party. The nice surprise hear is that Michael has done his listening and research well, and really knows how to make a lovely recording. The note he enclosed with the cassette refers to the work as being "economically recorded and composed", and there is every indication that he remains un-seduced by the lure of expensive, high-tech gadgetry. Not much here but a monophonic synthesizer, a digital delay, and the occasional bass, guitar and voice, but Travels and Places get a lot of mileage from this humble equipment. It isn't at all difficult to hear slow block chording and the insect-like effects of ON LAND period Eno, and the gentle reedy textures of ANOTHER GREEN WORLD. The short pieces unfold a bit more rapidly, and are mostly built around simple I-V and I-IV chordal progressions. Morrongiello's recordings are also strongly reminiscent of Cluster in their simple and straightforward construction. What this cassette is missing seems almost silly: a little packaging that makes Michael's recording seem less tentative." -- Gregory Taylor

As you can tell from the above review, Brian Eno was a huge influence at the time, and remains so, among others, to this day.
Michael's other cassette releases from that period received similar praise, but the time and attention needed to properly focus on recording, promoting and distributing music soon gave way to family obligations. Music took a back seat during the '90s and '00s, except for a 3 song CD single called, Kiss The Boo-Boo, recorded by, and collaborated on, by Jeff Linn at C&J Sound in Manhattan in 1991, and released independently in '98. The single is an affectionate, electro-folk-rock ode to a newborn baby, and the wonders of first-time parent-hood.

What The Moon Heard is his first official release since then. It was completed in the spring of 2016 and contains an intriguing, eclectic mix of original electronic, ambient, shoegaze, jazz, world, dance and more... diverse, yet wonderfully cohesive, like a favored mixtape, the track-flow feels seem-less. It was composed and recorded economically, at home on Garage Band using a mixture of treated Garage Band loops, live playing and voice, and has recently been remastered with CloudBounce.

But the numerous genres listed above are, perhaps, the result of a poor attempt to pin this work down. When asked, "what genre is it?", one might be tempted to click on "unclassified", unless one can find and add a new term to the genre list that might be appropriate to describe it with just one word. Friends who have heard this work over the past few years have been urging Michael to release it, and he finally has...

What The Moon Heard is part of a Planet Be series of releases to come, three of which are ambient and already complete.

Michael would like to thank Nigel Rollings and Mark Griffey for their inspiration and encouragement.



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