On “Contact Point”, synthesist Chuck van Zyl and guitarist Art Cohen, aka The Ministry of Inside Things, have come closer to cosmic-themed music. Still relying on live-improvisation, the seven tracks aren’t always that easy at hand.
“Serenity Cove” makes a nice entrance, but that doesn’t apply to the abstract-flavored, psychedelic and rather experimental “The Uncharted Isle” and “River Dream”. It’s on “Fortescue” and “Nightscene” where spacy atmospheres really open up and Berlin School sequences surface nicely with some nice guitar work hovering over it. On the tranquil closing piece “The Red Sun Rises” things wind down very nicely and gently in a classic Mind over Matter sphere.
Summarizing: the improvised space music making up “Contact Point” is a variation on vintage EM and brings Pink Floyd to mind when Art Cohen’s contributions show up.
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