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La Forza - Dance Music for Your Mind, Vol. 1

Dance Music for
Your Mind, Vol. 1

La Forza

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A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark S. Tucker

As the hideous fallout of the ambient/dance/electronica/etc. movement in modern rock finally sorts out, leaving 95% of the detritus thankfully behind (including the bafflingly once-successful Banco de Gaia, Orb, Aphex Twin, the slide rule beats-per-minute crowd, and all the so-called "revolutionaries"), there are a number of interesting individuals and groups left standing. Recently, one has been Knox Bronson and his Seasons suite (here), a serious prog work, and another is this La Forza CD, which travels back, as Bronson has, to the era when it all began, learning from what informed the past rather than just aping it and its latterday manifests.

La Forza starts Dance Music for Your Mind with a Berlin pulse and, as a duo (Divina Klein and Douglas Mackar) uninterested in becoming an orchestra, keeps things stripped down and cognizable while melodic, soothing, and compelling. The first reference that came to mind was Baffo Banfi, then Michael Hoenig, and of course the seminal Tangerine Dream and others. The "Dance" wording in the title is actually a bit of a misnomer, as this is chill chamber, though I suppose one could dance to it -- some songs more than others (In Joy for instance)—in a slow, dreamy, sylphlike fashion, but its ambient grounding and atmosphere kinda argue against that.

More than a few Neu and Kraftwerk elements trot in, as well as some Paul Van Dyk, but, really, this is so satisfying a marriage of trad and moderne that it stands easily as a continuation of the line, patching up the excesses the earlier post-punk breakaway groups inflicted on the landscape. Glom the titles below and you'll get an accurate idea of what you're in for. The cuts are as picturesque as they are a form of soma, but also provocative and occasionally martial (Never Too Wild for Forever).

Track List:

  • Vision Quest
  • Renewal
  • Approaching Levitation
  • Blossoming Flowers
  • In Joy
  • Never Too Wild for Forever
  • Fountain of Youth
  • Spiral Galaxy
  • Endlessness
  • Dream Within a Dream
  • To Connect to Eternity
  • The Sound of Clouds
All songs written by La Forza

Edited by: David N. Pyles


Copyright 2009, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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