If you’re looking for a moody, melodic and nicely sequenced music, one in general can’t go wrong with the music by successful Dutch synthesist Gert Emmens. “Mystic Dawn”, his second full-length collaboration with Cadenced Haven (aka Laila Quraishi), is no exception to that rule.
It offers 70 minutes of music with a very recognizable, warm and at times even serene sound architecture that runs parallel to Gert’s previous releases. The vintage-angled sequencer patterns give things the right pace and sense of movement, and when Gert’s typical solo voices show up, the outcome becomes wings and starts to float.
In addition, there are some melancholic sensibilities embedded in the albums music, most notably on various sections of the 23-minute “Infinite Horizons”, also the longest piece and also my personal favorite on the album. Here, all general-melodic elements and well-tempered (at times even spatial) sequencers passages blend together very nicely. Still, the whole composition feels at ease and not hasty.
I think “Mystic Dawn” will make another winner and much appreciated album in the genre.