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JUTA TAKAHASHI - Across the Flow (cd-r)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Albion (cd)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Angel (cd)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Hymn (cd-r)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Light and Shadows (CD)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Moonlit Flowers (cd-r)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Quiet Rain (cd-r)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Remembrance (cd-r)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Seabound (cd-r)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Silence (cd)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - The Door into Winter (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Transcendence (CD/Digital Download)

 
TAKLA MAKAN - Technicollage (Digital Download)

 
TANGENT PROJECT - Surface (cd-r)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Booster (cd)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - DM 2.1 (cd)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Izu (cd)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Josephine the Mouse Singer (CD-EP)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Mala Kunia (CD-EP)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - One Times One (Ep)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Particles (CD-EP)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Phaedra 2005 (cd)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Quantum Key (CD-Ep)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Quinoa (CD-EP)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Soundmill Navigator (cd)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - The Endless Season (cd)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Views from a Red Train (cd)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Winter in Hiroshima (cd)

 
TANGRAM - Flow (cd-r)

 
TANGRAM - Tepidarium (cd-r)

 
GLEN TARACHOW - Waterclock (cd)

 
TAU SAGITTARII - Sensory Data (Digital Download)

 
TELOMERE - Astral Currents (cd)

 
TELOMERE - Lux Primordia (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
TELOMERE - The Stellar Sea (cd)

 
TELOMERE - Zoetosis (cd)

 
TEMPS PERDU? - Athanor (cd)

 
TEMPS PERDU? - Earth Story (cd)

 
TEMPS PERDU? - Terra Incognita (cd/Digital Download)

 
TERRA AMBIENT - The Darker Space (cd-r)

 
TERRA AMBIENT - The Gate (cd)

 
TERRA AMBIENT - Wanderlust (cd)

 
TERRA SANCTA - Exile (cd/digital download)

 
TERRAN SPIRAL - Time to Slide (cd-r)

 
IAN TESCEE - A Traveler’s Guide to Mars (cd)

 
IAN TESCEE - Breathwork (cd-r)

 
THAMNOS - WIR (cd)

 
ALEX THEORY & DANIEL PINCHBECK - Emergence 2012 (cd)

 
THIS - Zone (cd-r)

 
STEVE THOMAS - More People have been to the Moon (cd)

 
ROBERT SCOTT THOMPSON - Pale Blue Dot (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
ROBERT SCOTT THOMPSON - Poesis Athesis (cd)

 
ROBERT SCOTT THOMPSON - Silent Shore (cd)

 
THOUGHT GUILD - Continuum (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
THOUGHT GUILD - Electric Curios (Digital Download)

 
THOUGHT GUILD - Third Voyage (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Black Soma (CD/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Circuit Bloom (Mc/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Dream Tempest (CD/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Further Rooms (Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Heather Spa (Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Hollow (CD/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Hypersona (CD/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Lithea (CD/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Memories in Whitescreen (Lp/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Pulse Dive (EP/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Seconds & Forever (Lp/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Shadowplay (cd/digital download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - The Infinity Room (LP/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Tomorrow's Explorers (EP/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Void Dance (CD/Digital Download)

 
TI-CAL - Coriolis (cd)

 
TIDAL FORCE - Nebula (Digital Download)

 
TIME BEING - A Dimension Reflected (cd)

 
TIME BEING - A Place to Belong (CD/Digital Download)

 
ALEX TIUNIAEV - Artificial Symphony (cd-r)

 
TM SOLVER - Axon (Digital Download)

 
DAVID TOLLEFSON - New Eyes on the Universe (cd)

 
TONEFLOAT:IKON - Streams of Consciousness (Series) (Lp)

 
ISAIAH TORAN - Another Way Home (cd)

 
ISAIAH TORAN - Whispering Quietly (cd)

 
TOSS POWER TRAPS - Earth Rot II: Music For Iceland (Digital Download)

 
THE TOWER TREE - Transposing (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
COLIN TOWNS - Full Circle (cd)

 
TRANSCEIVE - Exit to Nowhere (CD/Digital Download)

 
TRANSCEIVE - The Circe Complex (Digital Download EP)

 
TRANSCEIVE - Transformation 88:98 (cd)

 
TRIPPLE S - Poles (CD/Digital Download)

 
TRIPSWITCH - Geometry (cd)

 
TROIKA - Faeries (CD)

 
TROIKA - Goddess (cd)

 
TROIKA - Shaman (cd)

 
TROIKA - Troika II Dream Place (cd)

 
JOHAN TRONESTAM - Far Away (CD/Digital Download)

 
JOHAN TRONESTAM - Roots and Legends from the North (cd)

 
JOHAN TRONESTAM - Space Collection (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
EMMANUEL TUTS-SCHIEMSKY - Muze in de Storm (cd-r)

 
EMMANUEL TUTS-SCHIEMSKY - Rust voor de Stilte (cd)

 
TUU - Mesh (cd)

 
TUU - Terma (cd)

 
TUU - The Frozen Lands (CD-EP)

 
TWOFISH - Zero Crossing (cd-r)

 
NIK TYNDALL & BERND SCHOLL - Dreamspheres (cd)


TROIKA
Goddess
CD, Enso Records, 1996
At first glance, the visuals of Troika’s debut album already evoke a dreamy, fairy-tale like feeling, something also found in the beautiful art and design gracing the albums of e.g. Amethystium or the early albums of Gandalf.

Sonically, Troika tells its own story in instrumental music in a most lyrical style and approach, using synthesizer-generated textures, velvet wordless vocals and exotic percussion.

The driving force behind the US West-Coast trio Troika is no other then David Arkenstone (assisted by a group of musicians who wish to remain anonymous) , whose emotive, dreamy new-age ambient with rich melodic lines blends the exotic with slightly mysterious realms, staying most accessible, enchanting and soothing all the way.
Elements of Enya, Kitaro, Constance Demby and Liquid Mind smoothly fly by in the eight most relaxing, and at times even meditative tracks, in which one can also easily discern some healing undercurrents that caress mind, body and soul. The overall production and sound design of the 54-minute release is outstanding, due to 20-bit mastering.

Meanwhile, the factory-pressed version of the classic "Goddess" is long out-of-print, and replaced by an on-demand manufactured cd-r and a digital download.

Website: www.davidarkenstone.com

© Bert Strolenberg

 
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