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"Listening Inside" Reviewed by RadioIndy.com!
POSTED BY: momof5pacs POSTED ON: 24 Feb 2008 07:20 PM
"Listening Inside" by Abeslogic is an interesting mix of enjoyably quirky adult rock songs. The song styles on the CD are nicely varied, at times feel more acoustic rock, and sometimes fuse jazz with rock. The saxophone adds a nice depth to the music. The musicianship, especially the guitar and sax work, is impressive. A number of the tracks, such as "Ocean Waves and Sunshine Rays," have a cool Lou Reed feel to them. On "A Push Forward" the guitar groove is very catchy and accentuated by nice sax runs. Fans of Lou Reed or Dave Matthews should give this CD a listen.
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"Listening Inside" CD Review by Whisperin' and Hollerin'
POSTED BY: abeslogic POSTED ON: 01 Feb 2008 03:00 PM

Whisperin & Hollerin Review author: Adam Harrington


Ironically, logic seems to be the least guiding force behind Abeslogic (http://www.abeslogic.com), the project of Hawaii-based artist Abraham Vandenberg. On "Listening Inside," Abeslogic shift genres so much that you wonder if this is still the same album and the shuffle play button wasn't accidently pressed. To conservative record labels, this would constitute a nightmare; however, in this iPod-driven world, Abeslogic, for all its lack of logic, makes perfect sense. Is that clear?

At first, Vandenberg tricks us with his Lou Reed-ish deadpan delivery and electric fuzz on "Any Happening, Recently," the title of which sounds like a My Space post. Already you start to peg Abeslogic as a solid indie-rock outing with a yen for the Velvet Underground. While we've had hundreds of those already, you just can't go wrong being reminiscent of Reed. But then Vandenberg tosses his first curveball, "A Push Forward," which begins with Dave Matthews-styled funky, jamming guitars that quickly give way to night-owl horns and smooth-jazz textures. Say what?

Vandenberg is a man of many faces. From the pleasant Americana of "Ocean Waves and Sunshine Rays" to the jazz fusion of "Of Timing" to the '60s garage rock of "Next Reality," Vandenberg pulls out multi-colored rabbits from his hat and surprisingly it all works. It helps that each track is given the same amount of TLC, a showcase for Vandenberg's versatility. While I do prefer his Reed-esque moments on the alternative side, the extra spicing on "Listening Inside" show everything that Vandenberg is truly capable of.


The BBC's "Hawaii: Message in the Waves"
POSTED BY: abeslogic POSTED ON: 01 Feb 2008 03:26 PM

The music of Abe Vandenberg is Featured in the BBC Documentary "Hawaii: Message in the Waves". The film from the BBC Natural History unit looks at some of the environmental challenges facing the people and the wildlife of the Hawaiian Islands.

"Although the documentary is from a Hawaiian perspective, it is really a global film", said producers. "Because of their size, location, and social history, the Hawaiian Islands represent a microcosm of the planet and are in a unique position to tell us all where we are going wrong and what we can do to help put things right".

There are many "messages in the waves", but the one the filmmakers learned in Hawaii was that an issue that requires immediate attention is that of global plastic pollution.

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