Comments and reviews ....
We open with 'Phaeton'. Windy crashing
sounds fade into the distance over cosmic twitters.
A sequence can be heard low in the mix, rising to become an absolute
rhythms arrive along with slow blissful melodic pads- then in come the
searing lead lines.
This is simply amazing stuff! Like a cross between Mark Shreeve, Andy
Pickford and (of
course) The Omega Syndicate. The perfect combination of power and melody.
It just has
to be played loud and don't be ashamed of going completely crazy to it.
sounds chosen for the beginning of 'Antares' are simply exquisite. A
dreamy lead line calls
out and is answered by a tinkling sequence. Then wallop, in comes another
line using a sound that again reminded me of Andy Pickford at his most
Wind 1' gets straight into more bouncy sequences and almost whimsical
time I was reminded me of Quiet Point. All of a sudden everything changes
as we wind
down to a foreboding grunginess. The contrast with how the track started
is really quite
disturbing but bloody inventive! Then all of a sudden normal service is
wonderfully bizarre! A forceful combination of sequences blast 'Part 2'
mutate wonderfully as things gain even more oomph. 'Sequential Haven' is
as right from the first instant the pulsations and driving rhythms gain
hold. It is when the
lovely melodic mellotron refrains come in however that the full impact
hits home. An
echoing piano lead weaves amongst all the cascading notes adding a perfect
foil to the
overflowing energy. Birdsong calms things down for the title track, the
enhanced by lovely guitar and flute. What a stunningly beautiful piece of
music this is.
An oasis of tranquillity amongst all the wonderful high-energy
pyrotechnics. 'Elemental Plane'
gets us hurtling along at breakneck speed again as yet another superb
sequence and rhythm
combination get the whole body moving. The real highlight however is one
of the most
outstanding leads on the album which catapults this track to probably the
best on the CD.
Amazingly a second lead comes in and it is just as good as the first- bet
it would be incredible
live! 'Moonbase Ypsilon' momentarily calms us down once more with soft
flute refrains but it
isn't long before another excellent sequence, rhythm, tron and stabbing
piano lead pick up the
pace, again getting my whole body moving. This isn't all high energy
mayhem however as one
gorgeous melody after another are deployed, softening things around the
Another real highlight of an already stonking album. 'Star Walker' uses
exquisite little piano
touches and a flute lead to calm the senses. 'Mmm, Jazzy!' is the sort of
title that couldn't
be more designed to put off the vast majority of Electronic Music fans but
don't despair as
instead of meandering sax we are greeted with yet another excellent
sequence. The piano
melody could be thought of as slightly 'jazzy' I suppose but unless that
term had been planted
in my mind by the title it wouldn't have occurred to me. Stabbing bass
pulses heighten a feeling
of urgency, the rhythms are cranked up and a rather John Dysonish lead
line reaches straight
to the heart of my EM soul. To many this will be the best album of 2008 so
far and indeed
could remain so throughout the year.
David Law / Synth
Music Direct / MusicZeit