Scott Ezell | From the Window of a Train--Demos and Runaways

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From the Window of a Train--Demos and Runaways

by Scott Ezell

An eclectic mix of ambient Americana and traditional Asian instruments, including guitar, banjo, percussion, bamboo flutes and the tonkori, an instrument from the Ainu tribe of Hokkaido, Japan.
Genre: Folk: Free-folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. For One Who Does Not Answer Questions
6:15 $0.99
2. Traintracks Rusting in the Sun
3:56 $0.99
3. News of Death On An Autumn Evening
2:46 $0.99
4. Rice Wine in a Bamboo Cup
2:28 $0.99
5. Swing and Turn Jubilee
2:56 $0.99
6. Tonkori
2:09 $0.99
7. Electric Still Life in F#
8:32 $0.99
8. Circles
3:22 $0.99
9. Jews Harp and Bamboo Flute
3:18 $0.99
10. Ming-sho's House On Orchid Island
7:24 $0.99
11. Dulanshan
3:44 $0.99
12. Lanyu
7:22 $0.99
13. Industrial Love Live At the Sugar Factory
9:25 $0.99
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Album Notes
This collection is a roadmap of years on the road in America and Asia, years of living with traditional peoples, years of picking up diverse musical ideas and instruments and weaving them together into an experimental whole. These compositions include acoustic guitar, percussion, banjo, bamboo flutes, harmonicas, jews harps, tonkori (an instrument from the Ainu tribe of Hokkaido, Japan), and electric guitar feedback. The album ends with a live version of \"Industrial Love\" from the Sugar Factory performance art venue in Dulan Village, on the Pacific coast of Taiwan.



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Do you explore?
Scott Ezell explores the world--literally. And along the way, he savors his relationships with differing cultures, communities and people. Especially people. In the same way, he explores music and sound. With each piece on this album he explores the possiblities of the note, melody and song. With you, he savors the sound that is happening now, plays with it, lets you anticipate what will happen next, then carries you on.

My personal favorite is Track #10, "Ming-sho's House on Orchid Island." It is the only track on the album featuring his Asian-tuned banjo. With an unpredictible melody and an almost erratic rhythm, I am left every few notes at a precipice, waiting for what will happen next, then deliriously happily stumbling into the next sequence.

Other pieces range from the folkie "Swing and Turn" to the avant garde "Electric Still Life in F#". Each piece is a new journey, a new discovery.

From his description of the album, above, and from this review, do not think for a moment that this body of work is not accessible to the Western ear. Well, hell, just listen. You'll see. If you love exploring music, you will love this album. That's what I think.

PS In this review I never used the word "awesome." But I could have.