Individuals may not know who exactly the Ahn Trio are. They have been around in some form or another for the last 20 years, when Time Magazine called them â€œAsian Whizz-kidsâ€. Their releases have been scattered over the course of these last twenty years, with their last album being 2002â€™s â€œGrooveboxâ€. The disc starts out with their â€œDies Irieâ€, a track that mixes equal parts atmospheric and classic in the creation of a compelling tone for the early segments of the disc.
The second track on the disc is â€œMagic Hourâ€, which provides listeners with a more sedate side of the Ahn Trio. â€œMagic Hourâ€ is much more of a track destined for a soundtrack; the soft compositions and gossamer lines that the Trio put down here even give individuals a flair for the Asiatic. â€œMy Funny Valentineâ€ starts off in a way diametrically opposed to the music first heard on â€œMagic Hourâ€. This is done through bassy lines and a more halting set of arrangements. By providing individuals with these two faces of the Ahn Trio, the Trio themselves has an incredible range of styles and sounds that they can take with the last fourteen tracks on the disc. The title track on â€œLullaby For My Favorite Insomniacâ€ shows a track in which the Ahn Trio move away from the most narrative type of musical arrangements to something more instrumentally-lead. It is during â€œLullaby For My Favorite Insomniacâ€ that the act shows that they can take on different styles and genres when the need arises.
The last segment of â€œLullaby For My Favorite Insomniacâ€ has a number of remixes that provide individuals with another context with which to take the Ahn Trio. This means that there are different mixes of â€œLullaby For My Favorite Insomniacâ€, â€œSong on the Landâ€, â€œThis Is Not Americaâ€, and â€œMy Funny Valentineâ€. The re-release of â€œLullaby For My Favorite Insomniacâ€ provides individuals with the material that they need to stave their desires off; when the Ahn Trio comes out with their next album, individuals will remember fondly the compositions here. The music that they play may not be what is appreciated on pop or rock radio, but individuals with a more cultured sense of music appreciation will be able to dig what is present on this disc. Pick up the album, see one of their performances, and be impressed by this new brand of classical music.
Top Tracks: Magic Hour, Oblivion