“A Traveler’s Guide to Mars”, Ian Tescee’s fourth release, was inspired by the same book by space scientist and friend William K. Hartmann.
The 14 tracks on the cd, created with synths, electronic drums and some analogue guitar, fuses elements of prog-rock, symphonic and electronic music, starting strong with the thematic “The New World”.
Next to simple melodic themes, the music offers various more adventurous and powerful endeavours on various occasions, such as the highly cinematic “God of War”, although the quiet soundings of “Beneath the Ice” (featuring music of Russell Storey) are also nicely done.
This album is a further musical step forward when compared to the previous ones, although it musically still doesn’t fit in my personal taste.
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