Not Quite the 21st Century

by Shima

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Shima might sound Japanese but it’s just the alter ego of a man who is from New Zealand, Michael Ferriss. Not Quite the 21st Century is Shima’s first cd and it really is a masterpiece. Is it New Zealand or is it Shima, who can tell? but Not Quite the 21st Century feels like a sort of identification with Mother Earth herself, it’s moody and if you use the imagination then synth patterns are sounding like rivers… or high mountains… and yet, Shima doesn’t sound like those “Nature Sounds” –cds you can buy at every supermarket and that’s because Shima has added lots of his own imagination here.
Didier Becu

Not Quite the 21st Century sounds like a mixture of an orchestra on acid, a manic grandfather clock, some deranged child playing the piano, an old Asian coot who’s been smoking too much opium on percussion, and samples from one of those relaxation tapes you hear playing in shops that sell incense and quartz crystals. Get the picture? Is it relaxing or disturbing? Stupid or clever? ... You decide.
Steve Lynch, Mixmag

Call it what you will: comedown, ambient, space music, whatever, it’s pure pleasure from start to finish. Ferriss knows how to create room in his music, stopping short of the abyss of ‘sonic art’ but going far enough to reward the listener with a journey into another world... we need more of this on our shelves.
Steve Adams, Lava


released January 8, 1999


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" does not surpass nature but perfects it; therefore, when nature is mixed with art and art with nature, the result is the perfect poet." Miguel de Cervantes

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