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by penston

Melodic, eclectic, percolating electronica with just the right amount of dissonance.
Genre: Electronic: Experimental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Seedling
4:02 album only
2. Pathway
2:49 album only
3. Forty Four
3:28 album only
4. funk slaw
3:42 album only
5. Riptide
5:40 album only
6. Tenaya
2:02 album only
7. beige
5:18 album only
8. turquoise
2:39 album only
9. ochre
2:00 album only
10. grey
1:17 album only
11. Buried
4:17 album only
12. Interlock
2:30 album only


Album Notes
I could go on and on, but instead, here's what some people have to say:

From Indiana, USA:
penston's p2 is an absolute electronica killer. Superb production...the guitar and vocal samples are awesome.

From Florida, USA:
Congrats go out to friend penston on his quite enjoyable and worthy new CD, p2. Sandy says of one tune, "It's like Kraftwerk, if they were happy." I dig it.

From California, USA:
I like penston's stuff, very much...a Tangerine Dream/Eno/Kraut Rock thing going on.

From Canada:
I have a truckload of sonic gear, some nice synths, more friggin' computers than SGI, a dozen NFR copies of all the best looping, tracking and sequencing software, not to mention a half a room full of Martins and I haven't come up with ANYTHING like this.

From Japan:
Today's soundtrack was, in repeat mode: p2. The Mrs prefers the p2 tracks. Smart woman! She picked out some tracks that reminded her of Eno, and some that reminded her of The Durutti Column and some that reminded her of YMO (Yellow Magic Orchestra) and Ryuichi Sakamoto.

I'm not going to say which p2 track is my favorite yet, because I want to listen to it more. But I can say that every track is really good - there's no filler of any kind. On first listening, "Tenaya" jumped out at me. On second listening, "beige" and "Interlock" did the same. Now, as I said, I'm on round three and typing to the lovely textures of "turquoise."

You really have to hear this CD.



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Tim Gainer

p2 : penston's quantum leap
Penston is a unique and gifted artist and musician. I also consider him a friend.
Yet, if I saw him on the street I wouldn’t know him from Adam.

Such were the times we lived in back here in 2003. The age where cyber-space, the Internet and macro-second global communications, in their relative infancy, made the world that much smaller and brought the community of musicians closer together while providing a new vehicle for creating, presenting, networking and sharing.

It was in this arena of music that I ‘met’ penston in 2002.

Through our mutual respect for a certain band, we began a line of communication on a public message board. Without glossing on the boring details, we eventually swapped e-mail addresses and started sharing views on all things music and worldly. What I found in this man’s writings was a sense of irony, humor and a use of the English language I rarely see in people. Our correspondence never failed to bring about gales of laughter while at the same time kick-starting my brain into high gear for fear of falling behind his original perspective of life, family and, of course, music.

Thankfully, I was one of the privileged who received an advance copy of his 2002 debut release, penston. What struck me immediately about that album was the variety of moods within each of the individual tracks; ambivalent yet humorous (“Silly Movements”), brooding yet focused (“Mwh”), aggressive yet accessible (“Tribes”). All of it in the distinct penston style of progressive electronic music.

With this release, p2, he doesn’t just progress…he takes a quantum leap.

The myriad of influences contained on this album are so varied, yet so connected, you find yourself conjuring up the strangest of scenarios: What would have happened if Collins, Banks and Rutherford finally got their groove on? How would it be to have Trent Reznor and Isaac Hayes in the same room? What would you get if you put Frippertronics and Soundscapes together? Could Dennis DeYoung and Moby co-exist like this? Why has noone thought of getting the members of Can, Paul Kantner and Beck together in such a way? Could Jeff Beck go techno is he wanted to? Whatever your perception of it all may be, the one constant that continually shines through is that everything contained herein is completely and unmistakably penston.

After a listen to p2, I’m sure I won’t be alone in the opnion that penston is a unique and gifted artist and musician. I’m glad to say he is a friend. And one day…I may just meet the little twerp.


Penston rocks
You go, girl. Penston rawks. Thanks for the trip.