Volume 5: Anatomic

Volume 5: Anatomic

by Afro Celt Sound System


On Anatomic, the Afro Celt Sound System return as a streamlined quartet and to their original name. Following the CD/DVD remix project Pod, this is welcome return to the sound the band initiated on Seed. This is a group whose members no longer care about programming as their primary function, but instead work together -- writing, performing, and jamming -- as a band. The 14 guests here range from Celtic fiddle wizard Eileen Ivers to griot and kora master N'Faly Kouyate. The sheer heaviness and thudding beats are evident from the album's first cut, "When I Still Needed You," with the mighty Dorothee Munyaneza on vocals. Sevara Nazarkhan duets with the Afro Celts' tenor Iarla O'Lionaird on "My Secret Bliss," a seductive, deliriously romantic track created for nocturnal listening. Texture is everything on this recording. "Mojave" is a slow, gently swirling and droning piece with O'Lionaird working at the upper end of his register to reveal some of the mystery in the desert, and it works wonderfully as the cut shifts tempo and Emer Mayock's Uilleann pipes enter the fray in tandem with sequencers and James McNally's Edge-style pulsing guitars. The sheer loping beauty of "Mother," with its programmed sequencers elegantly making room for the pipes, acoustic guitars, and hand drums, is alone worth the price of the set, but when Munyaneza's vocal slips in through the back door and is joined by O'Lionaird's, it becomes transcendent. Ultimately, Anatomic is fresh sounding while retaining all the elements that made the Afro Celt Sound System so unique. It is a pleasure from start to finish, and may be their strongest album overall.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/07/2008
Label: Real World
UPC: 0884108012727
catalogNumber: 133

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Afro Celt Sound System   Primary Artist
Eileen Ivers   Fiddle,Guest Appearance
Ron Aslan   Guest Appearance
Nigel Eaton   Hurdy-Gurdy,Guest Appearance
Hossam Ramzy   Percussion,Guest Appearance
Richard Marcangelo   Percussion,Guest Appearance
James McNally   Guitar,Piano,Accordion,Harmonium,Keyboards,Human Whistle,Kalimba,Bodhran,Low Whistle
Martin Russell   Keyboards
Simon Emmerson   Bouzouki,Guitar,Mandolin,Cittern
Johnny Kalsi   Percussion,Drums,Tabla,Dhol,Guest Appearance
Moussa Sissikho   Djembe,talking drum,Guest Appearance
Iarla O Lionaird   Vocals
Emer Mayock   Flute,uillean pipes,Guest Appearance
Francis Hylton   Bass,Bass Guitar,Guest Appearance
Sevara Nazarkhan   Vocals,Guest Appearance
N'Faly Kouyate   Vocals,Kora,Guest Appearance
Simon "Mass" Massey   Bass,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Guest Appearance
Ian Markin   Drums,Guest Appearance
Dorothee Munyaneza   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Mass   Bass Guitar,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Ron Aslan   Programming
James McNally   Composer,Programming,Producer,drum programming,Audio Production,Whistle
Martin Russell   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Simon Emmerson   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Marc Bessant   Logo Design
Sevara Nazarkhan   Composer
Simon "Mass" Massey   Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Audio Production
Dorothee Munyaneza   Composer
Mass   Programming

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