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Strings Of Consciousness

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Our Moon is Full is the debut album from Strings Of Consciousness, an ensemble made up of 9 members hailing from Marseille, France, via London, Paris and Chicago. Using their manifesto of uniting acoustic instrumentation and human sensibility with digital technology, the group were able to draft in many talented musicians from across the globe via the Internet. The result: a cohesive, warm, lush, harmonious collection of pieces, feeling as if they live and breathe-in the same air. Today, 9 musicians form the collective, although the beating heart of Strings Of Consciousness can be found as a string quintet. The name itself is both a reference to the traditional stringed instrument quintet section and also a direct literary reference to the phrase “stream of consciousness”, a term coined in the early 20th century to illustrate the flow of words echoing the narrator’s thoughts: a narrative technique that is dear to the ensemble. Strings Of Consciousness express their connection to free-form narrative via liberating, emotive-led musical improvisation and capturing those perfect moments on tape.

Narration is key to Our Moon is Full, as it features outstanding vocal contributions from honorary ensemble members J.G. Thirlwell (Foetus/Steroid Maximus), Barry Adamson, Eugene Robinson (Oxbow), Scott McCloud (Girls Against Boys), Pete Simonelli (Enablers), Black Sifichi and Lisa Smith-Klossner. Our Moon is Full takes the traditional 2-sided long-playing format to its logical extreme; the dark followed by the light, from one side to another – not unlike our own moon’s cyclic pattern.

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