Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra – Vula (Alien Transistor)
There’s a welcome strain of mad bastard floating around a certain brand of German music lately and a good portion of it seems to emanate from the Alien Transistor label.
AMEO are an 18 piece ensemble lead by Daniel Glatzel based in Berlin and this music could really make you want to move there.
From the blurb:
It arrives gently, with shimmering lights, soft winds, sashaying melodies, and of course, the isotherms and isotheres function just as they should: All of a sudden, lighting strikes amid the concord of instruments, unforeseen energies erupt and upset the rhythmic scenery with elemental force. Making a combined effort to create sheltering patches of harmony within the unfolding drama, leader Daniel Glatzel and his 18-piece “working band” set out to harness album #4...imagine Michel Legrand meeting Maurice Ravel at a Gil Evans gig.
To that I would also add the lightness and sparkle of a Joe Hisaishi Studio Ghibli soundtrack.
And the joyousness frivolity and elegance of Esquivel.
It’s an absolute joy from start to finish and you need it in your life.