Wavestar II – Two


  Release data: Wavestar II – Two CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Soddett Hall Music, 2021 On their second release, the trio Dyson, Whitlan, and Ward extend on the fine music of their debut, offering a 71-minute batch of highly accessible music rich of melody, peppy sequencing, easy-going solos as well as some symphonic hints graced with emotion. “Pauper’s Ransom” already makes a great, versatile opener with some…

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Eleon – Cerulean


  Release data: Eleon – Cerulean CD-r/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Heart Dance Records, 2020 I just need a few lines for Eleon’s release “Cerulean”, a very easy-going 47-minute/7 track recording where groove, chill-out, and lounge electronics as well as a Balearic-realm melt. The latter applies to “Once there was a place like this” and “Migration” while others are simply beat-driven, happy tunes. It’s also far too commercial,…

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Steve Roach & Michael Stearns – Beyond Earth & Sky


Release data: Steve Roach & Michael Stearns  – Beyond Earth & Sky CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Projekt Records, 2021 Soundsculptors Steve Roach and Michael Stearns are both electronic music veterans with an extensive list of solo and collaborative releases under their belt. Their last collaboration (“Kiva”) though saw the light of day some 26 years ago, so what a joy to see them team up again for…

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Mathias Grassow – Isola


  Release data: Mathias Grassow  – Isola CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Gterma, 2021 The sacred, the expansive, the mystic, and the introspective are imminent and most present on “Isola”. The 79-minute release features four extended tracks by Mathias Grassow composed between 2009 and 2012 of which the music was inspired originally by the islands of Spitsbergen and their eventful history. Expect a continuous flow of ebbing and…

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Rhea – Close to Moving Ice


  Release data: Rhea – Close to Moving Ice CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Littl’ Antenna Records, 2020 For whatever reason, I missed out on this album by Belgian synthesist Mark de Wit, aka Rhea. “Close to Moving Ice” contains one 35-minute track (a sonic tribute to the massive eternal ice of Greenland) performed live in October 2018 at PostX, Merelbeke, Belgium. The outcome is slowly evolving, minimalist…

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Sequentia Legenda – Celestial


  Release data: Sequentia Legenda  – Celestial CD-r/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Private Release, 2021 With “Celestial”, Laurent Schiebert adds another chapter to his extended vision of classic Berlin School music while prolonging the cosmic style explored on his previous album “Beyond the Stars”. This time around though, drummer Tommy Betzler isn’t joining him on “this entrance into a new horizon” that features three 20-minute tracks taking the…

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