Lemon Jelly

23 09 2009

Half-way through the week. Not really sure what’s with the whole electronic kick. I was told about Lemon Jelly.

I didn’t really know what to expect from this group. I hadn’t heard about them ’til a little over a week ago. Lemon Jelly is an electronic band from England that uses sampling thoughout their songs. The sampling often provides the main themes for the songs, from what I can tell. They do still make their own instrumentals, though, and those are definitely the majority of each track. The songs regularly top seven minutes, so it’s just nice music to relax to.

They have a song called “Come,” for example, that’s super relaxed. It’s got some really nice sounding piano ornamentation over the main rhythmic piece. There’re these catchy melodic bits that are always fun to hear. Is it a song to whole-heartedly focus on? Not really. It’s more music that sounds awesome in the background, which is not a bad thing.

Lemon Jelly 1

If you’re looking for some awesome sampling, give their song “Ramblin’ Man” a listen. It features the voice of British actor John Standing, and the way it’s all interlaced is really cool.

Spacewalk” is another tune of their that caught my ear when I first heard it. The music video is crazy. It’s an interesting one to watch all the way through. And there’s only four minutes of it. Definitely see it. It’s what made me decide to talk about this group.

Lemon Jelly is currently on hiatus. Their last effort was released in 2005 and had a pretty cool concept. It’s called ’64-’95, and every track has the year of the sample used before it (so like, “’79 – The Slow Train”). It’s always cool to experience new samples and hear them put together. Sadly, I don’t think we’ll be hearing that any time soon, at least not from Lemon Jelly. Sometimes it gets a bit too out there for me, but most of the songs, especially the more instrumental ones are fairly worth listening to.




One response

20 10 2009
dai watts

Lemon Jelly big influence on Train Tracks and Travelogues Vol.1. Have a lsiten at http://tinyurl.com/mtkpfw

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