“Down the Light” is the debut-release of Spanish synthesist Rafael De Julián Garcia aka Mindglide, which has been re-released in extended and remastered form by the Altera Orbe label in 2012.
As such, a spacious range of cosmic music is featured here, blending ethereal and symphonic textures to a freeform, evocative and overall expansive sounding outcome which incorporates melodic washes occasionally.
A sense of mystery starts creeping in on “Edge of Infinity”, a sphere that becomes even more enigmatic and otherworldly on “Forms”. Here, certain esthetics remind of classic cosmic music from the ’70’s while the gracious elements (also present prominently in the 5-minute title piece) made me think of the contemporary space music of Andrew Forrest. The album ends with a bonus: an extended 12-minute version of the track “Time=0”, which adds an extra 10 minutes of lush spiraling spheres to the original piece (although the short distorted and disruptive solo sound should have been left out).
All in all, “Down the Light” is for all who prefer ambient-space music, but prepare for an outcome where things are approached from a slightly different angle.
You can see what reviews I have done of this artist on the Mindglide artist page
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