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Penguin Cafe Orchestra – S.T.

Penguin Cafe Orchestra
S.T.
Style: Folk
Label: Editions EG
Catalog Number: EGM 113
Released: 1981
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A timeless masterpiece by Simon Jeffes’ Penguin Cafe Orchestra. PCO’s sound is difficult to categorize but perhaps best summed up as a mishmash of Jeffes’ eclectic influences – jazz, world music, classical, ambient, folk, and pop. It’s innocently simple and approachable music, with the minimal arrangements and uplifting melodies bringing a sense of childlike wonder and freedom from any care in the world. Jeffes himself describes the vision behind the music, “In the Penguin Cafe your unconscious can just be. It’s acceptable there, and that’s how everybody is. There is an acceptance there that has to do with living the present with no fear in ourselves.”

– Phil Cho

Recommended – A1 Air À Danser, A6 Numbers 1-4, B6 Flux

 

Tags: Art Rock / Avant-Garde / Essential Listening / Folk
Tracklist:

A1 Air À Danser
A2 Yodel 1
A3 Telephone And Rubber Band
A4 Cutting Branches For A Temporary Shelter
A5 Pythagora’s Trousers
A6 Numbers 1-4
B1 Yodel 2
B2 Salty Bean Fumble
B3 Paul’s Dance
B4 The Ecstasy Of Dancing Fleas
B5 Walk Don’t Run
B6 Flux
B7 Simon’s Dream
B8 Harmonic Necklace
B9 Steady State

Credits:

Guitar, Cuatro, Ukelele, Piano, Bass, Violin, Dulcitone, Harmonium, Shakers, Drums, Ring Modulator, Rubber Band, Penny Whistle, Electronic Organ – Simon Jeffes –
Viola, Guitar, Bass, Bongos, Metal Frame, Ukelele – Geoffrey Richardson
Accordion, Violin – Peter Veitch
Electric Piano, Cuatro – Steve Nye
Shakers, Drums, Bongos – Braco
Oboe – Giles Leaman
Violin – Gavyn Wright
Cello – Helen Liebmann
Cymbals – Julio Segovia
Ukelele – Neil Rennie
Cover Painting – Emily Young
Photography – Roger Whitaker

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