This album is my first encounter with The Ministry of Inside Things, aka Chuck van Zyl (synths) and Art Cohen (guitars), although I’m familiar with Chuck’s solo-work.
Well, this double cd offers music which is rooted in the vintage music of the early ’70, offering electronic music that flow from theme to theme, wherein harmonious textural atmospheres, rhythm and melody get together. Well, on several tracks Art starts soloing over Chuck’s distinct Berliner School-kindred sequencing (like on “Voyage for Guitar and Synth” or the very nice track “Neutron Flow”), but on the other hand “VM-75” is a naked guitar-track and on several other tracks Art’s fierce guitar is far too dominant to my taste.
“Chromatix” is a more adventurous, soundscape-like track, which shows the other side of their music, although things get rather vague on the next track “Induction Loop”. I wondered how all this would sound when the guitar is put in the backseat. The album ends with some dull church bells, which don’t make sense at all.
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