by Andy Garibaldi, CD Services (UK)
It will come as no surprise to many of you to find out that this is a 73-minute, three-track album of space synth music. What might surprise you is that he's found yet another new way of playing and arranging it, so that no matter how much of his music you've heard in the past, you're hooked to this from the moment it starts. The opening sixteen minute "First Murmur" is slowly swirling, unfolding cosmic music in slow motion, accompanied by a backdrop that sounds like synthesized cicadas as the twittering sounds echo and rotate out the back of the foreground electronic drifts, all created on purely analogue synths. This track segues directly into the 31-minute might that is "Gestation", here carrying on the feel and sonic palette of before only becoming ever darker, as, slowly, more textures are added to the ensuing cosmic drift. This huge, shifting mass of immense deep, dark space synth music drifts and drones to mesmerizing effect for the duration of the track and is one of the best darkwave cosmic music tracks he's produced to date. Without a break, it's into the 25-minute "Cell Memory" and here the darkness lifts as brighter synth textures and layers swirl all around the mix, backed by more of the backdrop twitterings, but a whole lot lighter than before as the synths slide and glide in slowly cosmic fashion. Around the six-minute mark, the track opens up into this pulsing mass of gloriously analogue synth heaven that then spreads out all over the expanse to fantastic effect as this swirling mass of cosmic bliss unfolds then takes you on a journey to the 22nd minute whereupon the swirl fades, the analogue heaven remains and things slowly fade to a cosmic conclusion. All in all, yet another new and refreshing take on synthesizer space music from, arguably, the supreme master of the genre.