“Two Roads”, a limited edition factory-pressed cd of just 500 copies, is one those unexpected (but boy, so welcome!) releases I knew was going to blow me away before I had even heard a bit of it.
The disc comprises four vintage tracks made in collaboration with friends Javi Canovas, Michael Daniel and Brendan´s trusted studio-assistant/synth-technician Adrian Dolente on equipment Mr Brendan had to sell most of his massive retro collection due to personal circumstances, but was kindly loaned back for the occasion. The usual sonic suspects reign on the Berliner School-inspired album, such as gracious mellotron pads and choirs, tantalizing sequencers, Rhodes, assorted retro pads and solos, with some catchy e-guitar kicking on certain spots.
The outcome is all about great entwining atmospheres with a nice dose of adventure and experiments surfacing during the exciting ride. “Two Roads” is a real labor of love, as Brendan enthusiastically explores the analogue beauty of modular synthesis on various levels by firing multi-sequences at the old boxes of cables.
If you want to hit the roof, just play “Vista” or “Conjunction” right out loud. Besides that, the sequencing featured on this whole album is brilliant and dynamic. I for one would have loved to see this all happen live- in-concert one more time around, although I know that won´t happen.
Let there be no doubt though the 65-minute “Two Roads” is an undeniable must-buy for any die-hard fan of the genre.
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