Penguin Cafe

The Imperfect Sea

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Borrowing from the repetitive minimalism of Philip Glass and the ambient stylings of Brian Eno, Penguin Cafe's Arthur Jeffes carries on the tradition that began with his father's Penguin Cafe Orchestra back in 1976. Melding classical and electronic touchstones into enchanting instrumental pieces evidently runs in the family.

Jeffes' minimalist compositions start with delicate tones that are electronically looped, shaped, and formed into a bed of subtly shifting textures to which melodic accents are added. The songs do not so much erupt with bursting melodies, but rather come to a slow boil with an airy and dreamy ambience, thanks to the vibrant violin and piano riffs.

The Imperfect Sea is rife with gentle, pensive, and pastoral arrangements that evolve with deliberate harmonies to promote active listening but without obligation. Featuring covers of works by Simian Mobile Disco, Kraftwerk, and even Penguin Cafe Orchestra, the tracks are as tranquil and entertaining as they are richly imaginative and gratifying. (

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