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Various Artists
Miracle Steps (Music from the Fourth World 1983 - 2017)
Optimo Music
Catalogue Number
OM LP 09 D
Release Date
April 14, 2017

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Optimo delivers another absolutely crucial compilation of unknown-to-most ambient diamonds and new age entities on the lovingly compiled Miracle Steps (Music from the Fourth World 1983 - 2017). Pieced together by forward thinkers JD Twitch and Fergus Clark, the album features some of the most outernational discoveries to be found within the thinking behind Jon Hassell's early '80s ambient post-punk notion of Fourth World music.

From the second the needle hits the groove Miracle Steps is a deeply meditative listen, gathering together the very best recordings from the farthest-reaching corners of the record shelves of JD Twitch and Fergus Clarks they have crafted an album of incredibly cohesive ambient recordings that span countries, decades and sonically engineered visions. Yet with ease hang together via a thread of DNA that sees them all fit into the Fourth World aesthetic perfectly.

From recent acquisitions such as the strung-out drones of Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe & Ariel Kalma's Mille Voix released in 2016 on RVNG through to the recently emerging X.Y.R. with the Emerald Web spun Middle Of Nowhere, the scope of artists pulled in expresses just how deep the thinking and research into this project went. Elsewhere we are treated to unknown gems from Afro-Disiak's late '80s percussive tambra number that is Tambours D'Eau to the Flying Lizards David Cunningham whose Blue River is so delicate it feels like the piece could shatter into a million pieces at any second.

If the [Cease & Desist] DIY (Cult Classics from the Post-Punk Era 1978-82) compilation left you salivating on Discogs over private press 7"s and self-released cassettes then get ready to meet your new obsession.

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Plight Jorge Reyes 9:11 Buy
  2. 2 Mille Voix Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe & Ariel Kalma 4:22 Buy
  3. 3 White Tigress Iona Fortune 3:48 Buy
  4. 4 Cloud Cover O Yuki Conjugate 5:48 Buy
  5. 5 Middle Of Nowhere X.Y.R. 6:08 Buy

    Middle Of Nowhere

  6. 6 Subcontinent Jon Keliehor 6:36 Buy
  7. 7 Blue River David Cunningham 3:57 Buy
  8. 8 Woodstock Larry Chernicoff 5:39 Buy
  9. 9 Desert Equations Sussan Deyhim & Richard Horowitz 6:44 Buy

    Desert Equations

  10. 10 Miracle Steps Jon Hassell 4:21 Buy
  11. 11 Ethel I Vulgata 2:14 Buy
  12. 12 Tambours D'eau Afro Disiak 4:50 Buy

    Tambours D'eau

  13. 13 The Same River Once Rapoon 10:31 Buy

    The Same River Once

  14. 14 El Sue~No Perdido Javier Segura 4:05 Buy

    El Sue~No Perdido

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