Wim Mertens - Shot & Echo CD1 
Someone requested this and then another visitor sent it to me. Unfortunately we only have CD1 and this is a double CD release. I have tried to find it but haven't managed it YET. If you have it let me know of course and I will put it up here!
What a difficult CD to talk about! I will start by saying I didn't know what to put in the 'Genre' section of the tags..so I left it blank. The music, when you hear it, will explain this. It is classical but some of it is quite bizarre and reminds me of some kind of camp/theatrical sideshow music. It is dark and melancholy in places and other pieces have a jollity about them that borders on the irritating. The music is very heavily layered with trumpets and Double Bass and lots of great piano. You can hear everything from Saxaphone to clarinet and more I am sure.
Do I like it? It is hard to say.
It is fascinatingly different and interesting with all the arrangements and soundscapes they produce. Some of it is the most peaceful and relaxing music I have heard ... yes, I do like it!
I don't think it is an album I will be playing very often yet I do like some of the tracks...a lot.
There is one track for instance: '03 - Watch Over Me' and it has a repetitive background of trumpets and possibly clarinets(not too sure) then it builds on that by layering piano and more instruments until it has become much more than the sum of its parts and you now find it has taken over your brain! It's a stunning piece of music without a doubt. There are some more on this that are just as good too.
I have a feeling this will be a 'grower'.
See what you think.
Oh and the first couple of tracks did put me off, it was only the next few that made me sit up and take notice so don't ditch it after hearing tracks 1 and 2 will you!
I just decided on the Genre: Contemporary Classic.
UPDATE: I really am liking this album after having listened to it quite a lot over the weekend!
I found another of his albums too so I'll post that up very soon!
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