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The River

by Decapolis

a blend of Tangerine dream, Enigma, and Steely Dan.
Genre: New Age: Relaxation
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Cross Country
6:38 $0.29
2. The Experience
3:34 $0.29
3. Sunset
9:49 $0.29
4. The Chase
4:42 $0.29
5. Moon
3:33 $0.29
6. The River
11:52 $0.29
7. Good Vibes
4:44 $0.29
8. Sunrise
2:46 $0.29
9. Kim
10:11 $0.29
10. Smooth Sailing
5:29 $0.29
11. The Third Journey
3:07 $0.29
12. Back in Business
3:18 $0.29
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Album Notes
by Michael Hill, Arts Writer
(c)Denton Record Chronicle; Newspaper
Denton, Texas

With all the trouble it can be to get-and then actually keep-a band together, many musicians have no doubt pondered the notion of doing it all themselves. Well, that self-contained approach is exactly what provides the creative flow behind the "The River," the new CD from Decapolis. Composed and entirely realized digital synthesizers, the 12 tracks contained therein are the product of Denton resident and one-man-band Riley Roden.

In the spirit of such synthesizer kingpins as Vangelis, Roden (or is it Decapolis?) has avoided the hassles and ego clashes that characterize so many musical ensembles and come up with a sonically diverse, extremely listenable and engaging work-all on his own. "The River" opens with "Cross Country," a pleasant musical trip guided by a supple percussion track. Luxurious chordal washes create an appropriately rich backdrop for the slippery bass melody, which winds along on a cross country journey of its own.

"The Experience," meanwhile, features what sounds like a large, submerged church choir bubbling up thick-yet-warbly patches of sound while a bouncing bass line and an incessant hi-hat and snare pattern provide rhythm and propel the track forward. While the influence of both Vangelis and Tangerine Dream can certainly be felt on this recording, "The Chase," with its pulsating rhythms and big screen bravado, seems to owe something of a debt to Jan Hammer, the man behind numerous scores for both movies and television, including "Miami Vice."

In direct contrast to "The Chase," the whooshing streams of synthesized sound that introduce "Moon" help to give the listener the impression that he or she has just touched down on a distant lunar surface where surreal-ness is the law of the land. Fittingly, the title track opens with trickling water sounds and swirling synth patches that are eventually overlaid with a delicate flute melody. The introduction of a drum track then takes this natural spring of an idea on its own little journey. As this rushing sonic current rolls, it picks up other melodic voices such as a piano, a fretless bass and a wispy, bell-like patch, which push it oceanward.

While the perussion-driven "Good Vibes" pivots off a slapped bass part and a floating electric piano sample, "Kim" sets the listener smack dab in the middle of a futuristic paradise where a distant melody weaves its way through cottony clouds of sound. "Smooth Sailing," for its part, is exactly that. Set to a subtle drum and bass pattern, fluttery chords create a subtle melody that slowly slithers out of the lush backdrop. S pseudo-blues-rock bass line provides the foundation for the CD's closer, a deceptively simple tune called "Back in Business" that uses clipped melodies to bring "The River" to a thoroughly satisfying final destination.

cd info: 12 tracks; about 70 minutes, [ADD]



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Laryssa Robideau

Nice Music! Not boring or typical.
I purchased this CD on a recommendation and was very pleased. I have listened several times now. It has a casual feel -yet it is not too relaxing. Just good music to play in the background -without being disruptive or overwhelming. I would highly recommend it to those who like chill out music that isn't too weird or repetitive (which I think is all too often).

Bryan Mead

Effervescent chillout tunes!
Somebody gave me a recorded copy of this album on cassette tape, which of course broke after several plays. I was really happy to find it on CDBaby and even bought two copies! I could compare Decapolis to Kitaro with less of an oriental emphasis. You can just imagine turning the lights down and relaxing to this album. Plus I must give kudos to a fellow North Texan! Get your copy now!!

Jeffrey Gouge

Mood Elevating, Trance Hypnotic, Relaxing Joy
I purchased Decapolis: The River. It is such a great CD to listen to unwind from a stressful day, for meditation purposes, or just relax from the kids. I found Decapolis: The River to be one of my favorites in my CD Collection. Great for consumers or for office background music, it will put anyones mood into harmony. Jeffrey Gouge