So here’s a case for the Creative Commons. Jamendo, as I recently ranted, has been trying to hide the fact that its business model rests entirely on CC licenses, for whatever reason.
I’d had this album queued up for Music Monday for some time, gave it a few listens, and lined it up for late November. Then Jamendo decided to betray its users and the very foundation on which it is built, and I have no wish to continue directing traffic, however little, to them. But this album, under the CC license, is not available elsewhere.
But I have it under the license, meaning that I’m free to share it, so I have now uploaded it to the Internet Archive. And unlike Jamendo, I won’t hide the license from you or lie to you about what it means.
So far as I can tell, So Far As I Know is a Russian progressive rock group that specializes in evocative, emotionally complex and textured melodic tunes that work together to create journeys for the listener. Or at least, this album is such a journey.
Far From The Earth Beneath Your Feet begins with a lonely, almost mournful piano solo, before the second track plunges you into the full experience of the album.
If you want an idea of how interesting the whole album is as a listening experience, and how all the compositions work together, listen to track 5, “Down Back on Earth”, and track 6, “Siberia”, nd listen closely to how the one transitions into the other. That will either do it for you, or it won’t. For me, it really, really does, along with a number of other moments on the album.
You can also get it from the band’s BandCamp page, sending well-deserved money their way, but without a Creative Commons license — their BandCamp downloads are all rights reserved.
Far From The Earth Beneath Your Feet by So Far As I Know is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License.