This is the debut album of German soundartist Martin Stürtzer (better known as Phelios and the project Späre Sechs) on Synphaera’s sublabel Exophere. “Far Beyond the Stars” is a full-blown spaced-out ambient work that sees a pairing of darker tones, ethereal soundscapes and profound textures with bits of modern Berlin School sequencing all ending up in expansive, 24-bit sound design.
The 60-minute, slow progressing recording airs a pleasant, mesmerizing as well as rather surreal set of cosmic atmospheres. Its cinematic character and beautifully molded celestial mechanics bloom even more when experienced with quality headphones. Highlights: “Pleiades” and “Starburst”. Nice going, Martin.
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