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Computerchemist – Atmospheric “A Rich Tapestry Of Atmospheric Sounds…”

Something new and something old. This is probably the best way to describe this album by Dave Pearson, aka Computerchemist. The album itself is sort of a cross between space-music and progressive rock/electronic. And if you ask me, this is one of the best albums out of the four released so far. It has a completely different feel/approach to it if compared to say; his latest release ‘Aqual Measure’. The first track opens up with a hypnotising synthetic sound that soon fades out, and later it fades in to a more upbeat rhytmic palette of sounds, simply just to tease your ears a bit making you want more of the same. Short but good!

Later the track ‘Atmospheric’ slowly emerge and evolve, showscasing Dave’s love for the mid 70’s Tangerine Dream sound, with it’s slow & soft/melodic beat which soon turns into a inferno of blasting synths that really captivates your ears before you know it!. Here we have the highlight of the album, and it marks Dave at his finest hour as a composer, at least on this album it does. Just brilliant stuff!.’Dominos Lament’ picks up where ‘Atmospheric’ left of, and takes us deeper into the world of wonders. This track is another highlight, with very intelligent production, and it also has a very melodic sound structure to it, a sound that wouldn’t be too out of place in a album by ‘Gert Emmens’. Great sequencing!. Next track has a more ancient theme to it in the beginning, but quickly turns out to something completely different as it progresses through. Synths and flutes are arranged in great harmony along with drums, and makes this track leaning towards the sound of early Tangerine Dream as we all know it. Despite that, it is quite clear to me that Dave’s personal approach to the music is always present aswell, much because of the drum effects which represents the style of early progressive rock/krautrock, but with a twist!.

What we are about to hear next is the track ‘Tribalibal’, a track that immediately grabs me and makes me think of ‘Chris Hulsbeck’. After the track ‘Atmospheric’, this has to be one of THE best moments on this CD. It opens up with gorgeous swooshing synths, just to later slow down and morph into a melodic inferno of hypnotising drum effects and guitar? sounds. This track has many nice “surprises” added to it, and will grow on you!. Yet another keeper!.

As we near the end of the CD, the track ‘French Game Idea’ kicks in. This one starts out with some high pitched synth effects that later slows down with a subtle bass effect that breathes in the background while keeping the excitement going. After a while it opens up again with lush sounds not of this earth(!), those synths really leaves you breathless!. A track that should have been a bit longer due to the awesomeness near the end of it, but that’s just a minor flaw. All in all, it’s a superbly composed piece!.

The last track on the other hand is perhaps the most versatile of them all. A blend of long, drifting drum and bass lines that goes hand in hand with the ‘hi-hats’ makes this the ‘kraut-rockiest’ sounding experience on this album. It’s like a cross betweem early 70’s TD and Hawkwind (without the vocals involved) at their early moments. So all in all, this CD has something for everybody who wants the taste of something new and something old!. It really conjures up all the EM elements of both the 70’s and the 80’s in such a lush harmony. And it’s really hard to make a comparison with other EM artists out there. I would say this album is perhaps not for the fanbase of Michael Stearns & Jonn Serrie, but more for the fans of Tangerine Dream, Eloy, and Ozric Tentacles.

The ‘Computerchemist’ has made it again. He is simply one of a kind when it comes to well produced progressive EM that touches the heart and stirs the imagination!
This is awesome!. Highly Recommended!.

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

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