Chronos is a project by Moscow-based musician Nick Klimenko who used analog gear and hardware synthesizers exclusively for this recording. Nick’s fifth album “When Mars Meets Venus” is split in two parts: the first is the factory-pressed cd “Mars” featuring nicely crafted down-tempo electronics, while the second chapter is the cosmic endeavour “Venus”.
“Venus” takes off with “Leaving Gaia”, where Mr Klimenko presents a contemporary orchestral/classical work with powerful rhythms and dynamic string arrangements along non-vocal/choir pads. After that, the music makes a profound shift toward majestic, drifting, chill-out outerspace realms: non-rhythmic passages and cinematic soundscapes evolve gradually and to full extend.
Personal favourites here are the immersive “Star Swimmer” and “Red Planet” beside the slightly groovy and more melodic-oriented “Dark Flame Landing”,“Soaring in Abyss”, “Venus Eyes” and “Galactic Winter”. Although the latter tracks reveal a certain sense of movement, they retain a relaxed, otherworldly mood.
Released by the small but state-of-the-art Canadian Altar Record label, “When Mars Meets Venus” comes as a beautifully designed eco-digipack, limited to 300 copies.