praise for ON BLACK PEAK
pomegranate's 2nd album on black peak made some noise in the German media.
The track 'Candy Bliss' appeared on the highly desirable ROLLING STONE CD 'New Noises No 59' in the June 04 edition along with Hot Hot Heat, The Black Keys, Caesars Palace, Rilo Kiley et al.
5 Stars from DE:BUG and on position 4 of the sound check of the magazine ORKUS and SONIC SEDUCER with interviews. Lots of great reviews: Cosmopolitan, Wom Journal, Piranha, Unicompact, Intro, Zillo, Loop and many more.
And several German radio stations made on black peak their album of the month.
Here's a selection of media quotes:
`They are one of the few bands that manage to improve from an already masterly debut. They moved forward from their almost ambient and cinematic sound to strong and versatile songwriting - a must buy!'
TRIPNOTIC.DE, JUNE 03
'Outstanding...a wonderful album' ***** 5 STARS!
`A masterpiece no less'
SPEX MAGAZINE, MAY 03
'one of the most essential albums of 2003.'
'Like a dream...with songs like angels sounding in the ear.'
COSMOPOLITAN, MAY 03
'Beautiful...one wants to hear it again and again. Balsam for the soul!'
TV TOTAL, APRIL 03
'Simple timeless beauty...unreserved purchase recommendation!'
MUSICHAUS, APRIL 03
'12 small masterpieces...a fantastic album!' (8/10)
BUMBANET MAGAZINE, APRIL 03
`When the female singer Vanessa Rigg and sound designer Stef McGlinchey met a new project was born, which is called Pomegranate. They released a wonderful debut album entitled This illusion Sound in 2002. This nice designed CD features a great collection of warm pop songs with remarkable female vocals. The music is introvert, sensitive and full of strong emotions. Vanessa Rigg's sincere singing makes you listen to the lyrics and direct you to the mood that is created by Pomegranate.
Now they are up to their second creation entitled On black peak. This lovely album features several styles, which all head in the direction of trip hop, the early 4AD sound (Cocteau Twins, This Mortal Coil) and The Cranes. Vanessa Rigg's clear angelic vocals are the most recognizable aspect of the music. Her excellent, slightly dreaming singing makes you pay attention to the music right away and one even might get goosebumps. The lush electronic orchestrations and violin fit in quite well. In whichever direction the music is heading, is it blues, pop, classic or trip hop, Pomegranate touch the right nerve and convince with sensitive listen music that seems to be timeless.
Both these pearls in the pop domain are highly recommended.'
PHOSPHOR MAGAZINE, BERLIN, JULY 03
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praise for THIS ILLUSION SOUND
'Creeps into the room like cool autumnal air...The mixing and production are masterful'
'Each track is like a finely polished jewel.'
'Beautiful songs...ambient seizures alone in pre-recorded time...playback to infinity.'
'Like the soundtrack to the birth and death of a vapour trail at 50,000ft...Listening to this illusion sound is like taking a trip into your subconcious. No need for drugs here...Dreamy vocals...and hooks in songs which keep you coming back.'
'Ethereal but unsettling trip-hop.'
THE BIG ISSUE
'Takes you on a musical journey along a knife-edge.'
'A compelling trip-hop journey...ideal as musical backdrop to images of some kind...'
GLASGOW EVENING TIMES
'Cross-genre collaborations are by no means restricted within one artistic field, so it's no surprise that every once in a while musicians create a sound collage that is an aural interpretation of a film or dance piece. Glasgow's Pomegranate began in '99 when its mastermind Stef McGlinchey composed a piece of music as an accompaniment to a performance in which Vanessa Rigg was performer, singer and viola player. The combination worked and led to This Illusion Sound, an intensely quiet affair that creeps into the room like cool autumnal air. An apt comparison would be some of the blue-hued scenes from Robert Lepage's film Le Confessionnal, with its atmospheric soundtrack, and so it is with Pomegranate's dark wanderings. McGlinchey's production and mixing is masterful, often bearing in mind a theatre or installation setting. Equally, Vanessa Rigg's vocals are not excessively sensuous or imitative of what is expected from female vocals in the ambient/trip-hop genre. She sounds like the sadder, more pensive version of Shirley Simms or Claudia Gonson - both vocalists for Magnetic Fields. Instrumental experimentation is also sophisticated, as in "Blue Days Fade," which has a gamelan-like melody and muddy percussion sound. To add to the eerie quality, "Come 2 Me" has a simple piano piece that is given a grainy sound quality. In the short piece called "And-Money," a cello is used minimally but with remarkable finesse. Pomegranate are a promising duo, and with their continuing interest in doing sound for dance or installation pieces, chances of further venturing into experimental territory are great.' (Vinita Ramani 13/11/01)
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