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James Ferraro

Far Side Virtual

Hippos In Tanks

 
James Ferraro, Far Side Virtual, LP
On sale - was �.99, now �. Incredible new direction for Ferraro, one that is likely to divide fans. Personally I think this is amazing and a total surprise. This is like futuristic muzak as imagined in the early 90抯. A much cleaner, brighter sound with production values that evoke epic, bright dome-like shopping malls around the Christmas holidays. Nothing lo-fi or druggie about this but the whole concept is further out-there than anything Ferraro has touched on before. This also comes across as a celebration of the kind of music that accompanies those 20-minute cable adverts for abdominal Flexi Belts, one that puts this music on a pedestal and elevates it to high art, much in the same way JD Emmanuel made an artform out of relaxation spa muzak. Totally original and so far removed from all other contemporary underground music that抯 you抎 think Ferraro has been living in a bubble. Highly recommended.

"Ferraro抯 incredibly prolific, but there are certain releases that instantly stand out from the rest, and like Last American Hero, Far Side Virtual is one of them." - Fact Magazine.

"James Ferraro paints a 21st century still life on his debut album for Hippos In Tanks.

The record is called Far Side Virtual. Each song, a melodious reflection of the moment NOW, comes shrink-wrapped in HD fidelity as glossy as a 2012 Toyota Prius.

Ferraro抯 muse is some enigmatic modern metropolis, where the streets are as slick as i-Pads, and where the symphonies ring with Macbook message alerts. Through the steam rising from our latte mocha chinos, he invites us to gaze out at the dreamy disorientation of our digital lives.

Imagine a Darius Milhuad-guided tour of 5th Avenue. Imagine a Whole Foods bakery that sells only cakes emblazoned with frosting replicas of Camille Pissarro's 揌aying at Eragny.� These are the surreal utopias Ferraro brings to life with sixteen swirly-pop concoctions sure to sell out at the candy stores. So slip in your ear buds, and welcome to Far Side Virtual." - Hippos In Tanks.

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