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The Entourage Music & Theatre Ensemble – The Neptune Collection

I picked this album up recently half-expecting some excessively artsy, self-indulgent improv noodling with maybe a redeemable moment or two sprinkled within. The “Theatre Ensemble” part of the name kind of just gave me the willies for some reason. On the other hand, it is on Folkways and it has a cool cover with some intriguing song titles (Tar Box Poltergeist, anyone?). Fortunately, my initial guess about the music turned out to be far off base.

This is a small group (4) of open minded musicians dipping into a communal folk/jazz/chamber/new-age bag with lots of lovely nature sounds mixed in to excellent effect. They’re definitely creating something unique here, and yet it doesn’t feel like work to listen to this at all. It would be excellent nap music, save for a couple of shrill moments that would probably jolt you out of any prospective slumber.

Listen: Tar Box Poltergeist, Euphoric Bells

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