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CD REVIEW: The Moontrane Conductors - "Empty Sea"
By Gian F - 10/12/2005 - 05:14 PM EDT

Artist: The Moontrane Conductors
Album: "Empty Sea"
CD Review: Genre: Instrumental
Sounds Like: ?
Technical Grade: 9
Production/Musicianship Grade: 9
Commercial Value: 8
Overall Talent Level: 9
Songwriting Skills: 9
Performance Skill: 9
Best Songs: Buggafunk, Balanced Out, Never The Sun, On My Own
Weakness: ?
CD Review: When Noah Perry & Rob Easson (collectively called "The Moontrane Conductors"), a production/engineering team from Oakland, California, sent me their latest project containing instrumentals, they not only showcased their production skills and engineering expertise, they also displayed a wealth of creativity and a tight grip on an elusive genre.

There are sparse vocals on some of the tracks, but nothing extensive (with the exception of "On My Own" and "Wonderin,"). This is not merely a collection of instrumental, ambient songs; this is a deep collection of highly marketable tracks that can be used in multiple capacities for licensing to film, television, comercials, and videogames - in addition to being enjoyed in its entirety as an alternative listening CD.

When evaluating the "commercial" aspects of this project, it's difficult to view this CD in the context of radio airplay; however, with stations like KKSF in San Francisco who support avant garde/instrumental music, I would service them the mellow and amorous, "Balanced Out," or "On My Own." Both would fit their format nicely. The track that really jumps out on this project is "Buggafunk," which draws comparison to the hot tracks that launched and characterized the Hummer commercials in 2004. It has expansive licensing potential and must be commercially exploited by any means necessary.

With talent like this, it is not an emptysea, but one full of possibilities for The Moontrane Conductors.

Advice: License this entire project. In part, or in whole.

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