“Moonchild” is an album continuing the signature sound of Dutch composer Tom Habes, aka Optical Image, has been developing of the years. The five pieces all have a positive air, on which Mr Habes displays fast-paced sequencers, smooth solos hovering over warm textures and synthetic drum.
A more introspective and peaceful realm is featured on the 24-minute “Different Places”, which incorporates various tasty Asian spheres followed by rhythmic passages. Despite its rhythmic underlayment, a feel of lightness and easiness roams on “Trance-Formation”. Celestial spheres are nicely addressed on the last track “Out of Space”, a smooth, swirling and even groovy exercise where all elements of Optical Image melt together.
Sonically, the 55-minute “Moonchild” doesn’t offer any surprises, but proves easy-going and solid overall.
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