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Artist:

Chroma Key

Album:

Graveyard Mountain Home

Year: 2004
Format: CD
Label: InsideOut
Genre: [Dark Ambient/Post Rock/Psychedelic/Atmospheric]
Overall Rating: 8.0
Music: 7.5
Production: 8.5


Kevin Moore releases another album this year... As with the previous release "Ghost Book", also this new album is soundtrack. "Graveyard Mountain Home" is third Chroma Key album. Kevin Moore got inspired by writing the score "Ghost Book" for the Turkish horror comedy "Okul". "Instead of developing song ideas out of nothing I could write music for the events happening on the screen which gave me moods and structures", Moore noticed. So basically Moore looked for an old movie which he could use as a kind of blueprint for the album. The movie he used, is a 1955 film called "Age 13". According to InsideOut's website, "the movie deals with a boy who wants to bring his late mother back to life by staring at a radio that his mother often had listened to." Moore reduced the movie to half of its speed and developed sounds fitting to the scenes.

I listened to this album three times before watching the movie... Those careful listens proved how emotional and refined playing this album contained. Moore has crafted delicate soundscapes that float around in the distance. Every now and then there are subtle changes in atmosphere, and the music flows without any interruptions throughout the whole album.

Production on this album is quite good. The sounds are relatively clean, and occasional background noises, clips etc. are used to create the atmosphere... However, some sounds are a bit piercing to the ear when listened through headphones.

Depending on taste, one could consider "Graveyard Mountain Home" the best Chroma Key album released thus far. However, it's important how you listen to it. If listened wrong, it sounds quite bad (my second listening wasn't so concentrated, and during that listening I thought this album sucked).

By the way, there are two different versions of "Graveyard Mountain Home". It's released as a regular edition with jewel case, a 8-page booklet and "Age 13" in Quicktime format included on the CD. It's also released as a special edition in digipak (multi-foldout cover with gimmick stamped out), plus "Age 13" on a bonus DVD.

Release date: 15.11.2004

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- MAGE (01.11.2004)



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LINE-UP:
Moore, Kevin: Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Programming
nal, Utku: Drums
Patterson, Theron: Programming on Tracks 4, 8 & 14, Bass
Akdeniz, Bige: Additional Vocals and Lyrics on Tracks 9 and 13
Nekrasov, Bob: Monologue on Track 8
Helvaciolu, Erdem: Additional Guitar on Track 3
Producer: Moore, Kevin
Mixing by: Moore, Kevin
Mastering by: Unavailable
TRACKLIST:
Chroma Key - Graveyard Mountain Home  CD  Cover Image
01. Acknowledgement
02. Give Up Some
03. Come on to Bed
04. Radio Repairman
05. Graveyard Mountain Home
06. He Started With the Cat
07. Before You Started
08. Miserable Sufferings
09. Come in, Over
10. Pure Laughter
11. Andrew Was Drowning His Stepfather
12. Sad Sad Movie
13. True and Lost
14. Okay?
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