New Age / Irish Folk / Ethnic
MP3 / 256 kbit / 1:10:32 / 131.2 Mb
While not as out-of-left-field revelatory and astonishing as their exalted debut, nor as darkly magnetic as their sophomore follow-up, Volume 3: Further in Time finds Afro Celt Sound System fleshed out, funky, and fiercely fresh. Now a band of 20-some-odd players, the Afro Celts push forward with unbounded energy and focus, organically driven beats, and a thoroughly joyous fusion of West African and Irish traditional music enhanced with dissonant Eastern influence, psychedelic trip-hop groove, and a monster flood of sonic waves. The resultant sound is somehow both cutting-edge futuristic and primitive in its visceral virility.
Demba Barry steps up with an unexpectedly punchy African hip-hop-styled vocal on "Shadowman", "Lagan" plays out into an orchestral swan dive, and, throughout, Johnny Kalsi and Moussa Sissokho come on like gangbusters with the drums. Real World label honcho and world-music champion Peter Gabriel does a stunning turn on the eminently catchy "When You're Falling", and Robert Plant contributes a powerfully epic rock vocal on "Life Begins Again". Fine as all these moments are, the centerpiece of volume 3, where the band achieves beyond perfect synthesis, is the ecstatic groove-lock on the African acid ceilidh of "Colossus". Volume 3 is the tune-in turn-on we've been waiting for.
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Tracks 1 - 2 | 18.4 Mb (1. North, part 1; 2. North, part 2)
Tracks 3 - 4 | 22.0 Mb (3. When You're Falling [feat. Peter Gabriel]; 4. Colossus)
Tracks 5 - 6 | 19.6 Mb (5. Lagan; 6. Shadowman)
Tracks 7 - 8 | 23.5 Mb (7. Life Begins Again [feat. Robert Plant]; 8. Further in Time)
Tracks 9 - 10 | 23.2 Mb (9. Go on Through; 10. Persistence of Memory)
Tracks 11 - 12 | 23.4 Mb (11. The Silken Whip; 12. Onwards)