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Quiet Village

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(2005 – present)

Quiet Village is British duo Joel Martin and Matt Edwards. Influenced by Italian film soundtracks, BBC library music, disco edits, acid rock, vintage soul and easy listening, they meld the unlikeliest of elements including bluesy guitar, chamber strings, air-raid sirens, shuffling breakbeats, and even flutes and seagull cries. Their debut album “Silent Movie” was released in 2008.

Instead of asking who Quiet Village is, we might begin by asking what, or better, where. Naggingly familiar, it sounds like the name of a place glimpsed in a film, or perhaps a dream. And that’s just about right. For Quiet Village—the group, that is—make music inspired by classic soundtracks, vintage TV adverts and long-forgotten BBC programs, triggering an emotional response so deep-seated it’s practically subliminal.

The name Quiet Village, of course, comes from Martin Denny’s classic album of exotica, and appropriately so, for the members of Quiet Village might first and foremost be described as archivists—record nerds intent upon forging a shimmering totality from their sagging shelves of vinyl. The group consists of Joel Martin, a longtime record collector, curator, DJ and music supervisor, and Matt Edwards, the house and techno producer best known as Radio Slave.

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