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1.45 | 5 ratings | 2 reviews | 0% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2008

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Celestina I (3:36)
2. Celestina II (5:17)
3. Celestina III (4:19)
4. Celestina IV (3:53)
5. Celestina V (12:27)
6. Celestina VI (5:03)
7. Celestina VII (5:44)
8. Celestina VIII (9:26)
9. Celestina IX (6:08)
10. Celestina X (6:20)
11. Celestina XI (2:55)

Total Time 65:08

Line-up / Musicians

- Meg Maryatt / vocals, guitar, synth
- Philip Drucker / guitar, bass, synth, backing vocals (7), producer
- Jeff Brenneman / guitar, synth
- Dirk Doucette / drums, percussion, synth

Releases information

Artwork: Jackson Del Rey, Meg Maryatt

CD Trakwerx ‎- TW 1010 (2008, US)

Digital album

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17 PYGMIES Celestina ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(20%)
Good, but non-essential (0%)
Collectors/fans only (60%)
Poor. Only for completionists (20%)

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Review by apps79
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1 stars Los Angeles-based act 17 Pygmies were a unique band back in early-80's, when multi-instrumentalist Philip Drucker (aka Jackson Del Rey) formed the group, that released four full-length albums until 1991, combining elements from Post-Punk, Proto-Alternative Rock and Pop.A fifteen year hiatus followed until Drucker reformed the group as the 17th Pygmy in 2006 with guitarist Jeff Brenneman, drummer Dirk Doucette and female singer/multi-instrumentalist Meg Maryatt.The original 17 Pygmies name returned in 2008 with the album ''Celestina'', released on Drucker's Trakwerx label.

''Celestina'' is a concept sci-fi album, based on the story of some astronauts getting high as they were exposed on pure oxygen, while exploring a giant gas nebula in the constellation Cassiopeia.Reasonably the album seems destined to include lots of spacey soundscapes, sonic textures and cosmic atmospheres, but this reputedly quite proggy release has only a flavor of pure Ambient Music, supported by some FLOYD-ian passages (when the sporadic guitars appear), psychedelic mannerisms and light Classical-influenced themes.The music is not bad as a result, the real problem is that this an extremely hypnotic work with hardly any memorable moment.One also wonders why two long tracks like the 12-min. ''V'' and the almost 10-min. ''VIII'' were composed at first place, containing little to no variations with only some notable guitar work on the second one.The monotonous motive is strongly present to all the pieces of the album, which are mainly built around spacey but weak synthesizers with little instrumental variety.Very dreamy, ethereal and calm music overall, that actually does exactly that to the listener, setting him into sleep and into his own world of dreams.

Again, this particular concept and the music supporting it are not neccesarilly a failure.But the listening becomes a non-listening with such relaxed textures and total abscence of diversity.Not recommended.

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2 stars I understand that the music here is about creating a mood. The dreamy quality of the music and almost-entirely slow pace of the album put the listener in a certain headspace. It's very easy to zone out and start ignoring the music. Maybe that's what they intended - to send the listener on the ... (read more)

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