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Computerchemist – Signatures Vol 1 & 2 (2013)

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The new double album ‘Signatures 1 & 2, by much talented Dave Pearson (aka Computerchemist) reveals both krautrock, electronics and progressive rock at it’s very finest. Starting with ‘Signatures I’, we will travel into the world of krautrock for sure, especially the first half of the album it’s very evident. It’s like listening to some of the best ‘Tangerine Dream’ music from the early 70’s. It strikes you immediately that the mighty ‘Computerchemist’ has been influenced by this supergroup to a large extent. And while the first half of the album is TD oriented in many ways, the later half is aching much more towards the sounds of ‘Ozric Tentacles’ if you ask me. The cosmic shimmering sounds along with the powerful drumming takes place, it’s almost like listenng to a one-man Ozric army. Dave certainly knows every trick in the book, and with this album he has eclipsed himself once again.Very tasty intricate cosmic rock from start to finish!.

 

 

 

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As we move along, we get to his other album called ‘Signatures II’. This album (being my fave of the two) is leaning much more towards electronic rock. But the obvious oozing sounds of Ozric Tentacles cannot be escaped!. Just listen to the amazing piece ‘Floor Zero’ and you’ll be in for a lush treat for sure. The very tasty sounds of the guitars and ethereal synths will leave you quite breathless I’d say. My favorite track on the album without a doubt!.

Pour a bit of ‘Ozric Tentacle’, then add some tasty Pink Floyd sounds mixed with some classic Tangerine Dream textures. Stir well, then add a bucketload of Dave Pearson’s own imaginative style. Shake again and stir it well, and you’ll have the latest Computerchemist masterpiece!.  I would easily and without a doubt recommend this double album to listeners who crave for an infectious and adventurous Berlin-influenced journey, with a dash of prog rock thrown in the mix.

January 6, 2013 Posted by | Progressive Electronic Music, Progressive Rock Music | | Leave a comment

Rene Splinter – Singularities (2012)

I’ve always been in love with the Tangerine Dream sound Rene Splinter creates with each of his releases. And his latest album ‘Singularities’ is no exception!. The album will indulge you in a serene world of electronic music that WILL leave you breathless for a long time, and make you beg for more of the same. The music that Rene creates is always leaning towards classic 80’s sequencing electronic music. And with this album he certainly have eclipsed himself. Each and every track has that stunning melodic and fresh feel to it, and all of the tracks on this album progresses through in great harmony and with some of the very best sequencing I’ve heard in ages!.

The opening track ‘Singularities’ has to be one of my favorites. It starts out in a moody yet uplifting way, with some soft melodic synth pads, which later builds up in a slow moving way with more sequencing and powerful grooves added to it as the track progresses through. The best part of this track is after the 8 or 9 minute mark, as all of the ingredients are all there and really pushes Rene’s magical touch to the limit!. Superb powerful and moving EM of the highest order is what we have here!. Talk about ear bliss!

Other highly notable tracks are ‘Timescapes’ and ‘The Time Traveller’. These tracks are marvelous melodic pieces from start to finish. Both tracks has that truly awesome and infectious sound of the mid 80’s. Think ‘Tangerine Dream’ and the music from soundtracks such as ‘Firestarter’ and ‘Heartbreakers’ and this is what you will hear!. Personally, I’m a big fan of the ‘Firestarter’ soundtrack, so I was very pleased to hear these tracks, along with ‘The Lighthouse’, which is yet another remarkable piece that will leave you breathless without question.

Now, all this said, I seriously have to admit that ‘Singularities’ is easily one of the best synth albums I’ve ever listened to, with the exception of ‘David Helpling & Jon Jenkins’ album ‘The Crossing’ (2010). Highly recommend album to any fan of quality EM of the highest order!. Epic ear bliss!

February 29, 2012 Posted by | General Synth Music, Progressive Electronic Music, Synth Music | | Leave a comment

Transcend With Time – The Calling Whisper (2011)

The new album ‘The Calling Whisper’ is another masterpiece by talented musician Mark Mendieta, in my ears. It doesn’t follow the directions from the previous album ‘A Haunting Presence’ to a hundred percent, mostly because this time around TWT’s new album is completely instrumental. What you will experience on ‘The Calling Whisper’ is a majestic opus, a hauntingly beautiful album that carries you away with synth driven soundscapes & guitar themes from start to finish.

The opener ‘The Calling Whisper’ is probably the most haunting (and somewhat dark) piece on the whole album. It does a good job in leading the listener deep into a rather deep cinematic experience. It could best be described as a good opening track to a thriller/horror movie if you ask me. Other remarkable tracks are ‘As The Angels Tread’ & ‘Across The Serene’. Both tracks really showcases some of TWT’s most emotional synth passages along with nice guitar playing that keeps the excitement up and going. But the real cracker here is ‘Beside The Mirror’. It’s a highly versatile piece of ambience, ranging from light ethereal synth moods to dark and mysterious passages. One of the very best & unique tracks on this album!.

I would say that this album is a soundtrack to a movie not yet made. It’s very easy to start conjuring up images and scenes while listening to it, much because it’s very haunting atmosphere, that at times, leaves you quite breathless. Much in the ambient music “scene” has already been done over and over, again and again, but with ‘The Calling Whisper’ we do get to hear something rather exciting and fresh to the ears!.

And speaking of fresh to the ears. If you’re familiar with TWT’s previous album ‘A Haunting Presence’ then you’ll probably love this offering too. The only major difference on this album is that it’s 100% instrumental, no vocals at all. If that’s a good or bad thing, you decide, but personally I prefer this album over the debut as I’m more into instrumental music than anythting else. Also, this offering is a bit more structured and versatile, and the production sounds even better, too!.

So the verdict is, if you’ve heard most of the ambient music out there today and you’re looking for something quite ground breaking, then this great versatile thought-provoking album is for you!. Highly recommended!

November 23, 2011 Posted by | Atmospheric/New Age Music, New Age Music, Progressive Electronic Music | | Leave a comment

Mark Dwane – The Singularity (2011)

The new installment ‘The Singularity’ expands alot on many of MD’s previous albums, but this time, perhaps in a more romantic & ambient/ethereal way if you ask me. The songs on ‘The Singularity’ are of the finest calibre available when it comes down to MIDI guitar soundscapes. There are so many precious and lush moments to find on this release, making it very hard to pick out any particular favorites. But my personal fave has to be ‘Event Horizon’. It’s on of those tracks that will stick in your head for a long time, and certainly even more so if you’re familiar with MD’s style from his earlier albums, ‘The Myth’ from 1985 immediately comes to mind.

The album offers the listener a MIDI-guitar tour-de-force from start to finish, and the production and sound is better than ever. All this said, ‘The Singularity’ will appeal to both new and old Mark Dwane fans as this album has both something new and something old in the mix. It’s a highly versatile and atmospheric album and also probably one of his best albums to date, ‘Planetary Mysteries’ being his second best album according to me. Without a doubt a must-have in any New Age/Ambient collection!. Highly recommended! Buy…buy…buy!

November 14, 2011 Posted by | Atmospheric/New Age Music, Progressive Electronic Music | | Leave a comment

Glyn-Lloyd Jones – Chaotic Attraction (2011)


A new incredibly infectious album has surfaced by the great ‘Glyn Lloyd-Jones’. And if you, just like me, love the 80’s output from Tangerine Dream, with albums such as ‘Poland’ and ‘Logos’, then you’ll LOVE what this album has to offer you!. It could have been entitled ‘Poland’ Pt.2 for all I know!.

As for the music. All four tracks are filled with late 70’s to mid 80’s synth bliss material from the moment you press play. The brilliant long piece ‘Reflections of Perpetual Abstraction’ is proof of that. The structure of that track is outstanding and gives me chills down my spine each time I listen to it. No, it’s not that scary, just THAT good!. But most notable is the last track that really turns my ears on called ‘The Dimensions of an Impossible Perspective’. That perfect 80’s sequencing sound is there with infectious rhythms building up the track in all it’s supreme glory. I would say it reminds me alot of the album ‘Alterstill’ by ‘Arcane’ (Paul Lawler), yet Glyn’s unmistakeable sound is always present, keeping the rich atmosphere exiting.

This album will, without a doubt, appeal to fans of the great mid 80’s sequencer driven EM style. Also highly recommended if you loved albums such as ‘Poland’ by Tangerine Dream (which I know you did!). Buy it, you won’t regret it, but you will regret that you didn’t if you don’t!.

May 23, 2011 Posted by | Atmospheric/New Age Music, Progressive Electronic Music, Synth Music | | Leave a comment

Transcend With Time – A Haunting Presence

The music on ‘A Haunting Presence’ can best be described as progressive New Age/Ambient, sometimes infused with a small ammount of rock influenses. The soundscapes are highly melodic and ethereal, and will take you to places only your dreams can generate. One of my favourite tracks on this album has to be ‘Through Shifting Lines’ as it has a great deal of melodic guitar textures that shines through like a pendulum from start to finish. Other great notable tracks are ‘Into A Solace Room’ , with (as the album title says) it’s haunting and evocative feeling throughout, and the track ‘Beneath’ which is a rockier and more uptempo piece that keeps the pulse going on strong. The album closes in with the beautiful piano driven piece called ‘ In Seclusion’. This song is indeed gorgeous, especially if you play it loud using headphones!. All that said, ‘Transcend With Time’ will, without a doubt, immerse you into a haunting presence. It’s an astonishing and versatile album that demands attention and repeated listenings to really grow on you. It could perhaps best be described as a mix of Clannad (their instrumental works), Jeff Woodall and Simeon Harris. That said, pour all of these artists in a mixer and add some of  Mark’s own imaginary ideas, and this is the music you’ll get!. Recommended!!

April 27, 2011 Posted by | Atmospheric/New Age Music, New Age Music, Progressive Electronic Music | | Leave a comment

Etherfysh – Statis

This album, Statis, is an album by UK based artist Chris Christou, and is an album that truly captures the listener with intense cosmic  and haunting melodies that will immerse you into otherwordly places. It’s a very consistent album, and it keeps the interest and exitement up for the listener as the music progresses through. It can tell that Chris has put a great deal of work into his music, as there is alot of ‘feel’ to it. Most of the tracks flows ubroken into each other, forming a great sense of  a “in your face” feel so to speak. It really does feel as if you are travelling out there, in space, visiting places you never knew existed. Despite the fact that the album seems a bit awkward and hard to get to know (especially at first listen), it will grow on you, and you will be amazed of how great this piece os EM is, and really appreciate it!. Some tracks are short, some are long (particularly the last one), and they all have their unique “space feel” to them. It can best be described as “a mix of Tangerine Dream” and “Klaus Schultz”  with a dash of ‘Alpha Wave Movement’. This is EM that doesn’t wear out in the first place. Recommended!

September 21, 2010 Posted by | General Synth Music, Progressive Electronic Music, Space Music | | 3 Comments

David Helpling & Jon Jenkins – The Crossing

Just when you thought David Helpling & Jon Jenkins were at their heights with the album ‘Treasure’, the album ‘The Crossing’ has surfaced after 2 years of waiting. And what a stunning album it is!. And I always thought ‘Treasure’ would be unbeatable, boy how wrong could I be. With ‘The Crossing’ they have pushed their creative musical ideas and inspiration to the next level. The album itself is a highly melodic synth journey, very similar to ‘Treasure’, only this time there is an ever deeper (and somewhat darker) melodic feel to it. All the tracks are incredibly well structured, and contains some of the most gorgeous sonic soundscapes I have ever heard before. Both the synths and the percussion plays a very important role in this album, with it’s melodic themes washing over you on most of the tracks. It is so lush and infectious that you will want to listen to the album on repeat, again…and again!. With tracks such as ‘From the Smallest Seed’ and ‘To the ends of the Earth’, these artists have eclipsed themselves. These tracks are a synth feast for your ears and contains the most stunning synth sequencing I have ever heard in my entire life, no doubt about that. It reminds me alot of tracks such as ‘This Day Forward’ & ‘The Frozen Channel’ from the album ‘Treasure’. Brilliant melodic atmosphere!. Other notable tracks are ‘For The Fallen’ and ‘Not Forgotten’. There’s a sense of depth and mystery to them and will surely evoke your deepest inner feelings. Another moody yet melodic piece is ‘Two Paths. With this track you will be in for another highly cinematic treat!. It builds very slowly with echoing guitar textures and lush synth work, and has tons of atmosphere to it. It’s another melodic soundscape that washes over your ears in a very delicate way. All in all, this album has it all in it’s very own and unique (but typical Helpling/Jenkins signature sound) way. It’s drenched in elusive textures, guitars, synths, and percussion that forms this ambient masterpiece way beyond words. It will take you on a journey to the ends of the earth…and back!. I can’t recommend this album enough, wish I could give it 10 stars instead of 5!.  Another winning epic masterpiece!. Buy it without hesitation, and do it…NOW!!

September 14, 2010 Posted by | Atmospheric/New Age Music, New Age Music, Progressive Electronic Music | | 2 Comments

Geodesium – Music From SpacePark 360 – “Are you ready for the space-ride of your life”?

I have followed Mark C.Petersen’s works since his self-titled CD ‘Geodesium’ from 1977 to this day, and I have to say that this one stands out from the rest, in a very unique and pleasant way. I love space-music, and this disc, partly, fails to deliver just that. However, it is not Mark’s intention to create another follow-up to ‘Gentle Rain of Starlight’, at least not from what we hear on this CD. Instead we get to hear some really intricate and evocative “thrillride” music. Some tracks being quite spacious, that goes along very well along with a Dome Show. The best thing about this CD is the great variety of themes and melodies, something this CD has tons of, and does it sound good? Oh yes!. There’s everything ranging from plain and “simple” electronic fusion to some outstanding ethereal and subtle use of ‘space guitars’ that does it’s job very well throughout tracks such as ‘Lobates Scarp’ and ‘Titanical Gas’. Those tracks alone makes it worth buying this CD!. While listening, I can easily imagine myself sitting inside a darkened dome (planetarium if you like), getting ready for the ride of my life as the music progress through with it’s very infectious rockin’ edge to it. Other notable tracks are ‘European Ice’ and ‘Ring Surfer’, both being well structured and versatile, both rhythmmic wise and ‘guitar’ wise. The album itself can be listened to “as is”, but I really think it would make perfect inside a darkened planetarium, but not during a cosmic space documentary, but during a thrillride in space, in which this album is intended for!. So who will like this CD? Well, basicly, from my point of view, anybody looking for something old and something new. Mark’s distinctive sound palette can be heard on many tracks, most notably on ‘Depth Perceptions’, which is a ‘cover’ from one of his earlier albums. Also, if you’re a long-time fan of Mark’s earlier albums and want something completely new and different for your ears, then this is for you!. Most certainly a highly recommended album for all space enthusiasts out there! Get it!

August 11, 2010 Posted by | Progressive Electronic Music, Space Music | | 1 Comment

Frederic Wurtz (aka AEM) – Vision Reality (1990)

Again, Frederic Wurtz has released yet another breathtaking album. Wonder why he kept it in his vault for this long? It should have gotten a proper release way back in 1990. Anyway,  on this album Wurtz showcases his ability on the keyboards and sequencers when he is at the top of his game. There are many similarities to the albums ‘Temporal Side’ and ‘Vision Set’ on this release. The structure is very much the same, and one can’t escape the typical Wurtz “trademark” sound. However, this is a good thing, at least to me it is. There are lots of mindbreaking sequencing (as usual), but there is also alot of very innovatite passageways throughout the album that captures the listener with it’s intense and ever changing sound structure. Everything builds in the most infectious way you are unlikely to hear anywhere else. Both parts (called ‘Vision Reality’ Part 1 and 2) consists of pulsating sequencing and an incredibly harmonic atmosphere that progress through in various EM styles along with a constant long-form synth-line that breaks through every now and then, and creates a synth inferno that is really hard to beat!. At times this album reminds me of ‘Rene Splinter’s’ music, as  both Rene and Frederic are using the same kind of sequencing sound, directly taken from the 80’s.

I’m 101% sure that most EM fanatics will love what this quality EM album has to offer, especially the die-hard 80’s fan, like myself. It’s a great addition to your music collection. Nuff said!

Buy the album at http://www.musiczeit.com

May 5, 2010 Posted by | Progressive Electronic Music | | Leave a comment