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Tales from the Blue Machine: Essential Tracks 2012 - 2018

by Jude Gwynaire

This unique album brings together the best of Jude's recent instrumental material. Reflecting his taste for multiple genres - including electronic, ambient, experimental and pop - it is both masterful and kaleidoscopic in its vision.
Genre: Pop: Dream Pop
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1. Pepper Tree Zen
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2. Once Upon a London Moon
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3. We Are Hong Kong
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4. Night Flight from Electro City
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5. Dark Ferris
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6. The Eighth Tower
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7. Exoplanet
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8. Ocean City Groove
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9. The Girl from Pacific Palisades
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10. Pleiades Star Glider
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11. Incident on Cyprus Boulevard
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12. Saturn-by-the-Sea
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13. The Girl from Zeta Reticuli
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14. Space Tribe
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15. Moon Siren
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16. Streets of the Sacred Heart
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
'Tales From The Blue Machine' sees the culmination of six years' creative work. With well over one hundred compositions to his name, Jude has chosen sixteen of his personal favourites and placed them into one collection, making this his most satisfying album to date.

The album's opening track, 'Pepper Tree Zen', is an explosion of retro electric piano, brass and flute. Order your blues over easy and Jude serves up a citrus flavoured delight. The breezy, lilting melody, borne along by a breathy flute, is joined by a bounding baseline. 'Once Upon A London Moon' follows up with a helping of contemporary electric piano. With a summer moon reflected in the Thames and a thousand Southbank windows, Jude busks a down-tempo melody and plays a rasping brass and jazz piano riff over moody strings. 'We Are Hong Kong', the album's third outing, is a classic slice of electronica. Cymbals clash. Cultures collide. The ethereal chant of cultish devotion competes with the chatter of a crowded metropolis. All human life is here, percussive and urgent, eternally unresolved. In 'Night Flight From Electro City', the tempo catches the strict rhythm of the departure lounge, the monotony of timetables, and the pre-flight routine. A moody sax, high on caffeine, draws us on – and then, all at once, we’re airborne and a freeform piano carries us above the clouds. Riding high on the 'Dark Ferris' we’re caught in the mechanism of a fairground ride run wild, urgent and dangerous. A crazed Wurlitzer spins round and round, chilling the blood. This is the sound of nightmare. Enter at your own risk! The sixth composition – 'The Eighth Tower' – pulses like a beacon, pumping out beams of raw metaphysical energy. Heavy, imposing, precarious, a wall of distorted sound spirals upward, disappearing into clouds. In 'Exoplanet' we have a sound to fill the vast emptiness of space. This is the music of the spheres - dark, ambient, uncontained. Tonal shifts rise and fall into the drone of background radiation. The fluxus of infinitude indeed. 'Ocean City Groove' is nothing less than the coolest of streetwise dance grooves. The 1980s were never this much fun! Set your decks out on the street and plug yourself in; there’s a party going on. Crack a coke amid the graffitied basketball courts of Harlem and pull off the ultimate slam dunk! Driving west, we chance upon 'The Girl From Pacific Palisades' – lazy days and easy living along LA’s sun-kissed coastline. Jude takes his cue from the rhythm of the tide. Let the cool jazz wash over you like an ocean breeze. Next, catch a stellar wave and ride it to the stars in the 'Pleiades Star Glider'. This is uptempo pop, weightless and expansive. Here, space is but a dream. Back to planet earth, and we're caught up in the 'Incident On Cyprus Boulevard'. It's the sound of late night jazz. Ragtime piano bands together with a bluesy guitar and the two go on the run. There’s the hint of menace, and the mob is never far behind. 'Saturn-by-the-Sea' begins with a twanging acoustic bass then sets off at speed into the realms of mellotron, sitar and brass. Turn the volume up! The toe-tapping percussive line is buoyed by airy chords and a breathy flute. Drifting onward, we find 'The Girl From Zeta Reticuli'. An exotic, seductive sound drifts in from the infinite reaches of deep space, echoing and vast. Jude’s resonant guitar croons over open chords in this love letter to a girl from another world. Staying in the realms of outer-space, we encounter 'Space Tribe' – a liquid, limpid sound-world with the distant call of jungle drums. Chords seem to squelch in boggy terrain while the chatter of insects buzzes overhead. With the call of luna, we return to our own solar system and find 'Moon Siren', with her heavy, hard-driving guitar and seductive laughter exploding in bursts of pure energy and electronic mayhem. Lastly, coming full circle, we hit the streets of a dystopian New York City, Paris or London. 'Streets of the Sacred Heart' reveals a strain of purity amid the lost and cluttered dreams of a fading society. Freeform organ and saxophone combine, compete and entangle with a haunting bassline and drifting percussion, dispelling the gloom from a metropolis bound in despair, raising our aspirations above the level of the street, onto a higher plain.

'Tales From the 'Blue Machine' is a beautifully crafted and immaculately produced album, combining elements of chillout, ambient, rock, pop, and stark experimentation, and stands as a firm testimony to Jude's recent work. Recommended!

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Jeff Smith

Blue instrumental machines from heaven!
Love this album ! Good to see so many of Jude's compositions on a CD at last! A+++++
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Jeff Williams

Music for the imagination...
A tantalizing collection of instrumental compositions! Not to be missed!
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Alison Smythe

'Cool music'!
Wonderful, catchy melodies interlaced with amazing rhythms, bass lines and synth patches. Good work!!!!
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Tex Broen

Great music for chilling out to!
If you like instrumental mood music this album is for you. It features both vintage and contemporary music - all with an imaginative twist.
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Simon Howard

Excellent A++++
One cool collection! Nice to see Jude's material on a CD at last!
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