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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

Rick Rascati – Skywatcher “Travelling Without Moving”

I came across this beautifully crafted CD while browsing CDBABY for new Ambient/New Age music. And I can’t say I’m disappointed a bit!. This release contains a strong versatile mix of tunes, with everything ranging from ambient and atmospheric synth layers to a more uptempo trance music feel. I don’t know how Rick managed to combine all these beautiful elements the way he did it, but I do know this. If you like ‘Tangerine Dream’ and ‘Future World Orchestra’, then this album is definetely for you!. Even some ‘Serrie’ sounding synth textures can be heard, especially on the first track ‘TimeSpaceContinuum’, which is one of the best pieces on the disc after the incredibly spacey (and TD sounding) ‘Heaven’s Path’, a track that has some incredibly stunning and swooshing synth layers that will capture your ears before you know it!. The whole CD is an infectious thrillride through the many aspects of the EM ‘scene’ and will take you to otherworldly places in the universe with it’s majestic and spacey sound and feel. It’s like travelling without moving!. All in all, this is a well crafted epic release full of lush sounds not of this earth, created by a very unique artist that I will be looking forward to in the future!. So what can I say? Another must-buy!!

August 25, 2010 Posted by | Atmospheric/New Age Music, New Age Music, Space Music, Synth Music | | Leave a comment

Andrew Forrest – Infinite Octaves “Sonic Soundscapes That Leaves You Breathless!”

There are times in our life’s when we want to escape reality for a while, times when we simply have had enough of everyday stress in life. I had the latter not long ago, and was looking for something very spectacular, not to mention epic, in terms of space-music (I’m a die-hard space-music/new age fan myself)) so I stumbled across this masterpiece called ‘Infinite Octaves’ by Andrew Forrest while browsing CDBABY for new ambient/space music, and boy am I glad I did?!. This is exactly what I’ve been wanting, and have been looking for for “ages”. The album is truly spectacular, both in terms of how immersive it is, and how it’s structured. Surely, most of us “space enthusiasts” knows about Jonn Serrie and hail him as the “King” of space-music, but Andrew Forrest must be getting very close, and certainly with this masterpiece!. I even think he surpasses some of Jonn’s better albums with this release. What you will get here is stunning beauty from start to finish. All tracks are floating in and out, creating a masterfully done sonic soundscape that breathes along in a magnificent way. There are moments with some very deep-space sounding atmospheric sounds, just to change with long floating beautifully done sequencing. And speaking of beautiful sequencing. Listen to tracks such as ‘Through the Seventh Stargate’ and ‘Beyond the Beyond’ and you will be in for a treat. It’s such a dreamlike album, and it will grab your attention from the very first track to the very last track (and second!) with it’s beautifully layered sequencing and a stunning cinematic soundscapes that leaves you breathless!. I will, without a doubt, give this album a 5 star rating!. This is definetely Andrew Forrest at his best. Epic!!

August 17, 2010 Posted by | Atmospheric/New Age Music, New Age Music, Space Music | | Leave a comment

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

Michael Neil – Silent Light “Enchanting Soundscapes”

The latest installment by the UK sound sculpture ‘Michael Neil’ called ‘Silent Light’ is yet another incredible effort that keeps inspiring and amaze me more and more with each listen. The music could best be described as contemporary New Age music, much in the same vein as Tim Story. I have most of Neil’s CD’s and this one is one of my favourites after ‘Trust’ from 1995. There is a depth and soul to these enchanting soundscapes similar to what you can hear on his CD ‘Towards The Unknown Region’. And this is especially notable on the track ‘Sea Life, which is one of the stand-out tracks on the CD. Much because it has a haunting yet emotional feel to it that captures your ears (and mind) instantly. A beautiful piece!.

Another wonderful track is the opener ‘Silent Light’. It builds very nicely in quite a complex and moody way, without being repetitive or anything like that. What really does it to me in this track is the echoing piano, being played in THE most beautiful way you can imagine. Again, the structure reminds me alot of ‘Tim Story’s’ style which is a good thing!. The last fave piece I have on this CD is the track ‘Still Voices’, and brings us some haunting piano playing again, but in a darker sense. It’s a mix between light & dark, good and bad, so to speak. It’s even a bit scary at times. A superb piece that has to be heard along with the other lush pieces on this remarkable CD.

I’d say go get this beauty before it’s too late. It’s a needful thing in your New Age collection, no doubt about that!. Thumbs up…again!. Well done, Michael!

May 12, 2010 Posted by | Atmospheric/New Age Music, New Age 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

Frederic Wurtz (aka AEM) – Worldwide Of Sirius (1995)

As a long-time fan of Mr.Wurtz amazing sequencer music, I just HAD to write a little review for this newly released album called ‘Worldwide of Sirius’. Now, If you’re familiar with Wurtz traditional sound from albums like ‘Vision Set’ and ‘Sequence Time’ then you will find tons to enjoy on this stunning album. Not only has it the great elements of early 80’s Berlin School style sequencing, but it also has a very innovative and lush atmosphere one has to hear to understand it!. The whole album (which consist of one long track) is a tad ‘short’ though, only about 18 minutes, but those 18 minutes will be the thrill of a lifetime if you’re into unique sequencing with a lush ambient and emotional atmosphere in-between.

And is it just me, or was this album recorded live? One would think so, since it appears that there is a crowd ‘implemented’ at times in the music. However, this really does add an even better ‘live’ experience to the album, and does not affect/disturb the music itself, not at all, as it’s on a very low frequence. The whole album is really awesome, no doubt about that. Everything is very well arranged and composed and does not bore you one bit, unlike many other EM artists out there who keep the same pattern in their music to a very long, and at times boring extent. Oh well, if you know your EM and want some rather unique 80’s sequencing with an emotionally driven atmosphere in the mix then this is definetely for You!. Top Stuff!

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

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

TMA – Sequentrips (Emotional & Touching!)

‘TMA’ , better known as ‘Torsten M Abel’ has released his second output to date, and we’re in for a real EM treat here. ‘Sequentrips’ is bound to take you on a sequencer-trip!. What you will hear on this CD is marvelous sequencing from the very first track to the last, I can guarantee you that. Here, Torsten is showcasing his more melodic side when it comes down to composing with sequencers. The tracks are really well-structured and are emotionally driven, and very moving at the same time. It reminds me, at times, of Tangerine Dream’s  mid 80’s sound, especially the tracks ‘Circular Movement’, Garden of B, and Beautiful Movements (‘Beautiful Movements’ being my favourite), which are also the stand-out tracks on the CD. They are all beautifully crafted and inspires the listener with it’s very melodic, and sometimes even haunting atmosphere. Tracks such as ‘Audible Forces’ and the lyrical ‘Andhere Jangala’ are indeed top stuff aswell. Both tracks are ‘filled’ with subtle guitar playing,  lush and serene sequencing, and some ethereal voices/singing, which in return creates a beautiful melody, very much in the style of ‘Cadenced Haven’. Another great piece is ‘Tangling In The Modules’. How I love this one!. This track is filled with melody and ambience, but it also has a very nice progressive EM feel to i. If you liked TMA’s earlier album ‘Escape’ then this is for you!. Thorsten’s trademark sound is present here but with a twist. It can tell this album has taken some time to record/finish.

So, to whom will this album appeal to? Well, fellow TD fans/followers will surely love what this album has to offer. But  if you’re new to TD and/or TMA, sit down and relax with a cup of tea, listen through the album a couple of times and let it grow on you, because soundscapes of this calibre doesn’t get much better. This is melody & structure the way I like it!.

April 25, 2010 Posted by | General Synth Music, Progressive Electronic Music | | Leave a comment

Arcane – Tomorrow’s Wasteland (TD meets “TD”)

With ‘Tomorrow’s Wasteland’, Arcane shows us yet again that making infectious 80’s sounding synth music out of the ordinary is still possible. Arcane has many great releases up their sleeve, and this one is one of the best released so far. This is, again, one of those “TD meets “TD”  syndromes, but yet Paul Lawler (the man behind this great music) does include many of his own ideas and distinctive sounds to the menu here. Surely, if you listen through this CD once you will instantly be taken back to the heydays of Tangerine Dream during their 80’s period of time, but if you listen closely there are a few sounds here and there that are highly typical for Arcane. And being an 80’s fanatic myself, I really love what I hear on this excellent and well-produced offering.

All the tracks are pure mid 80’s sounding EM, and a couple of great examples are the tracks ‘Invisible City’ and ‘Wave Equation’. These two tracks are being played with such infectiousness and awesomeness, and made me drool for more. You can easily play those tracks over and over again. I find it very hard to get tired of them. They have that perfectly balanced 80’s sound with a great progressive feel that builds nicely along the synth lines that’s pulsating back and forth in the background. The rest of the CD also offers the listener a great variety of Progressive EM. Another very good example would be ‘Time out of Mind’. This is probably the most progressive track of them all and has a feel and vibe that a typical TD track wouldn’t be without. Brilliant synth hooks and highly effective progressive elements is what this track has to offer.

All in all, this CD is a definite must-buy, and especially for fans of 80’s EM fashion. You simply can’t go wrong with a release such as this one. Everything you will hear on this CD is played immaculate and will stand the test of time for a long long time!. This is simply said yet another masterpiece from the Arcane ‘vault’. Get it!

April 21, 2010 Posted by | Progressive Electronic Music, Synth Music | | Leave a comment