Here’s the first Altus release since composer Mike Carss decided to quit his job and dedicate all his time and effort on his music projects. “Anthropoaliena”, referred to as a sequel to the 2018 album “Pioneer” of a planned trilogy, continues Altus’ journey into the immense cosmic outdoors where the outcome acts as a soundtrack for explorers of a new planet beyond our solar system.
The grand design reflects in expansive, highly emotive soundscapes of opener “Frontier” before shifting to a contemporary electronic style through arpeggiated synth pad, sequences and rhythms on the quite songlike-oriented pieces “Recon”, “Survey Scan” and “Farlink”. They are not bad but something different and a tad superficial compared to what I was familiar with from Altus until now. As the recording unfolded further, the more I started to soarly miss the majesty, depth and grace found in Altus previous freeform textural expanses.
Some of this realm resurfaces on the final 15-minute track “We are Alien”, but here paired beautifully with a faster-paced poignant sequence to make things sparkle altogether. This last track -contrary the previous five tracks- does work for me in the end. In the end, I can’t deny I expected more.
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