David Bridie – Act Of Free Choice (2000) [Reissue 2002] MCH SACD ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

David Bridie – Act Of Free Choice (2000) [Reissue 2002]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 63:41 minutes | Scans included | 3,99 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 66:58 mins | Scans | 1,24 GB

David Bridie is one of Australia’s most innovative musicians and songwriters, balancing his career in bands and on record with the composition of soundtrack music…

Inventive Australian songwriter David Bridie finds new layers in his well-established gift for moody atmospherics with this solo recording debut. Fans of his work with the chamber pop band My Friend the Chocolate Cake will recognize Bridie’s experimental spirit and his knack for rich melancholic loveliness. But they will also note a deliberate move away from acoustic and orchestral instrumentation in favor of detailed electronic soundscapes. Act of Free Choice has more in common with Bridie’s ambient experiments for Not Drowning, Waving than anything in his recent catalog (indeed, former bandmate John Phillips lends a hand on a few tracks), but this project clearly has its own sonic identity. Like Neil Finn’s Try Whistling This — another adventurous solo debut by a masterful alt-pop songwriter from down under — Bridie’s effort explores a dark new frontier. The album is dark and contemporary but rooted spiritually in the ancient natural mystery of the outback wilderness that plays a significant lyrical role in tracks like “The Koran, the Ghan and a Yarn” and “Kerosene.” “Breath” provides a striking example of this anachronistic tapestry, weaving together exotic Aboriginal wailing, resonant acoustic piano chords, gentle clarinet solos, and distorted techno effects. Bridie’s most effective vocal strategy is to find a respectfully unobtrusive place in the thick of his gorgeous soundscapes. When he plays a more dominant role, as on the unusually aggressive ambient rocker “Float,” his breathy tenor can be slightly grating in its resemblance to ’80s pop crooners like Bryan Adams and Michael W. Smith. Bridie is a good singer, but his real strength lies in a compositional adventurousness that places him in a league with younger studio wizards like Moby and DJ Shadow.


01. Sad
02. Dive (Marius De Vries mix)
03. Breath
04. Kerosene
05. The Deserters
06. Float
07. The Koran, The Ghan And A Yarn
08. Talk Mister Nation
09. Salt (I Don’t Want To Go No Further)
10. The Last Great Magician
11. Found Wanting
12. Hide
13. Malaria
14. The Koran, The Ghan And A Yarn (Moloko Mix) [Stereo layer only]







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