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Computerchemist – Aqual Measure “A masterpiece of it’s own!”

Computerchemist is a project of Dave Pearson, from Hungary. His music has been quite influenced by other EM artists such as Klaus Schulze & Tangerine Dream, and this album `Aqual Measure’ is a great recipe of how it sounds if we mix the best of both worlds in terms of EM. Think of Tangerine Dream (circa 75-85) meets Dave’s own distinctive ideas, and you’ll have a fairly good idea of what to expect on this incredible CD. Let’s get on with the review…

The opening track `Tantric Race’ is a slow moving and hypnotic journey that captures many different aspects of the EM `scene’. It develops in a great harmonic way with sequencers & Electric guitars that literarly sucks you right into “the action”. It reminds me a lot of what Guido Meyer did on the album `Lightyears‘, with the exception that this track takes the advantage of more drum effects. A slow and steady with a nice flow that surprises the listener. Great opening track!
Next comes `Danube Flow’, which is another rather slow track, and features some nice sequencing. It also consists of more drum effects and less guitars, but despite that, there are enough things going on to keep the excitement up, and it is most notably around the 7 minute mark and onward, as things are starting to develop real nice. This track is perhaps more for the fan base of Klaus Schulze, but overall I really love this one. A true `grower’!
I have something very important to tell you. It’s about the track `Mirage’ on this CD. And you better pay attention to this one, because here we have what dreams are made of, and I really mean it! This is one of the stand-out tracks on the entire CD. It opens up with some gorgeous sequences that emerge slowly into a wave of blistering guitars that simply puts a spell on you at first listen. I would have to say that it is probably one of those tracks that could best be described as a cross between Dave’s own imaginative guitar sound, TD‘s album `Underwater Sunlight’ and last but not least `Strange Inside’. The only different is, this track is slightly more rhythmic, and with an atmosphere that is very hard to beat. Simply put, marvelous!
The title track `Aqual Measure’ is another Grand experience. I’d say this is the albums most majestic and well structured piece. It starts with some lush sounding synthesizers that are swooshing back and forth, while the piano keeps the structure of the track intact. Later we can hear a gorgeous guitar kicking in, a guitar sound that HAS to be heard. It closes almost the same way it opened, the emotional and moody way. The atmosphere in this track is unbelievable, I can’t recommend this piece enough. The lead guitar parts were played by Uwe Cremer, who collaborated with Dave on this particular track. Pure Gold!
`Standing Waves Standing Still’ reminds me a lot of `Robert Schroeder‘s music, there are many aspects of his sound in this one, most notably from his earlier works which is a good thing. Fans of the 70’s EM sound will be delightful. I would say it’s a track that contains more “Schulze‘ sounds than any of the other tracks. The structure of this track is a rather mixed bag, it’s like it or leave it basicly, and also the only track that didn’t quite grab my attention to 100%. That said, it has some evocative and hypnotic sounds and ends with nice piano effects that will most likely please fans of Klaus Schulze!
`Atlantic Rift’ is a very dark and eerie experience. This is Dave at one of his “darkest” hours. The intro is very similar to `Lustmord‘ and `Beyond Sensory Experience’ with it’s dark mood, but around the 4 minute mark, things are starting to kick in. Darkness reveals brightness and the synths are starting to take effect to their full potential. At this stage it sounds very much like Gert Emmens. But with the “flute” effects and Dave’s distinctive synth work surrounding you at the same time, it certainly shows that this could only have been done by Dave himself. And oh! You will be caught by a surprise aswell, but you will have to experience that part yourself. What a wonderful way to finish this cracking album!

The verdict is the following. I have been a long time fan of Dave’s work (and a lover of progressive rock), I would even go as far and say I’m his No:1 fan, and out of the four albums he has released so far I find this album to be his best, a definite MUST BUY!. If you liked `Landform’ then you will LOVE this. Also, fans of TD‘s albums `Green Desert’ & `Underwater Sunlight’ will want to have this in their collection. It has all the hypnotic moments from the 70’s and the emotional moments from the 80’s….what else is missing? Nothing! It’s all here!. A masterpiece!

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March 22, 2010 - Posted by | Progressive Rock Music |

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