This album - Nothing Lasts... But Nothing Is Lost
- is again an album from Shpongle
to change my life alot.
My first listening experience was a big disappointment. I had been gnawing my knucklebones while waiting for the album to appear and I just couldn't resist downloading a version of it on the net when I saw it for the first time, a month before the release.
I started listening to the album on a bus, thinking that finally I have time to just concentrate on the music. But no, there was some young girl (approximately 4 years) that needed to express her feelings in the bus and she was yelling, screaming and crying, because her mother was trying to make her sit on her place.
The three opening tracks were released under the name Beija Flor
on Dorset Perception
being just one piece. I was disappointed, since all the material of the album wasn't new.
Then, while listening to the girl expressing herself I was half-listening to some of the next pieces and I simply was amazed. This shit could not be Shpongle, it was terrible. It was nothing like I had been waiting for and I had been waiting for it a lot!
After the first time listening I thought that I have to give it a second chance. It wasn't anything I had been expecting, so I had been disappointed. Cheesy speech samples from Terrence McKenna
(Life must be a preparation for a transition into another dimension
) and other issues of simply bad taste.
Slowly I started to realize that it wasn't anything I had been expecting, it was a lot better. Pieces like ...But Nothing Is Lost
and When Shall I Be Free?
simply blew my mind in some point.
The first part of the album title Nothing lasts...
refers in my opinion heavily to death. I had to realize that I wasn't supposed to expect happy and cheerful pieces like Around the World in a Tea Daze
, I had to be more serious. After starting to see this album first in the light of nothing really lasting and eventually proceeding to the second part but nothing is lost
I saw a lot of life in the album as a whole.
I had been taking this album in the first place too lightly, as a tool for tripping. This album goes way beyond and goes to serious thinking without any unnecessary substances. Psychedelic effects are still heavily present, especially in skillfully composed vocoder parts, but I have a feeling that Simon Posford
- who earlier was known as Hallucinogen
- has been growing up.
When this album was released, I had to order it immediately, no matter the cost. This is definetly one of the best albums I have, and if you disagree, you are ignorant and wrong. ;)
I also think that with this album I have also been growing up. Nothing lasts, but nothing is lost.When shall I be free?
When I shall cease to be?
No more 'I' but 'we'
In perfect harmony
I found some references to Sri Ramakrishna when I was trying to search for the origin of this small poem.