How NOMAD came about. The idea of NOMAD was conceived by Mark Arnold back in 2000 when he met a New York film director who was planning to make a film called I, Nomad - a stylish, arty film featuring supermodels emerging from the sea to portray the beginnings of land-based life on earth. Mark composed some music on spec for the soundtrack - but the film was never made. Mark, however, had the idea of making a whole album based on the mix of world, jazz and chill influences that had coloured the music for the film. He was joined by singer Abi Strevens, who also plays flute, and lyricist Andy Hart, who plays percussion. Things moved on apace when producer Nat Duke came on board to cleverly blend an intriguing mix of samples with contributions from a group of highly accomplished local musicians and singers. The result of three and a half years efforts - NOMAD's Just Wandering... album has been released by Oxford-based record label - The Music Plant. So what is the album like? Most people say that the thing that initially strikes them is the gorgeous clarity of Abi Strevens' vocals that run right through the album. The first track on the album - which is also going to be released as a single - is Letting go... You might ask yourself how a rapper and an opera singer can sound great on the same track. Try listening to it and you will see! The lilting, catchy melody seems destined to make it as an ideal summer hit - the ideal backdrop to a relaxing drink on a hot summer afternoon. The track features opera singer Virginia de Ledesma and Slimma Levi - lead singer from Makating - who sadly died days after the recording sessions. Several tracks feature the smooth, sexy sounds of saxophonist, Julia Middleton. Guitar stylist Shaun Bessant literally makes his instrument sing on the album, managing to create a wide variety of lovely sounds. Duncan McNaughton graces a couple of tracks with smooth trumpet and flugelhorn. Mark Revell - guitarist from The Egg - makes a guest appearance on Spirit - an epic track that features monks chanting in a cave and the sounds of a string orchestra featuring cellist Spike Wilson.
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