“Live Under a Harvest Moon” came out in January 2000 on the small Zero-Music label. It offers a unique live-concert of Chicago-based Eno-oriented musician James Johnson and the peculiar ambient-duo Ma Ja Le (aka Chris Short and Paul Vnuk Jr.), which took place in Milwaukee in September 1999.
The album (limited to only 150 numbered copies, all signed by the musicians) comes in a remarkable package, and offers 55 minutes of abstract ambient-explorations. There are seven tracks (which one may characterize as “organic space music”) of which only two come from previous albums, so lots of new stuff here to dig into.
The overall atmosphere of the music is quiet (especially the dreamy “Seed”) and the structure is mainly long form, The only exception on the latter is the closing track “Athelon”, which nicely heads into ambient-dance territory. The other tracks carry a kind of world/trance/tribal touch, in which the somewhat “heavier” passages are due to Ma Ja Le.
All in all, “Live Under a Harvest Moon” offers music suitable for abstract ambient dwellers and those who still dare to dream….
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