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Posted 28 June 2002 - 11:00 AM

Noosphere - Aqua

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Artist: Noosphere
Title: Aqua
Label: Spirit Zone
Date: 2002

Track listing:

01. 07'20" Hyperfocus
02. 07'27" Plan-B
03. 06'36" Vector
04. 04'17" Anenomy
05. 06'25" How Do You Like Me Now ?
06. 05'25" Waterproof
07. 08'26" The Return
08. 05'49" Changes
09. 06'13" Quicksand
10. 07'27" Captain Proton
11. 05'22" Expect The Unexpected


The good impress that was confered to me by the previous «
Captain Proton » on global psy trance 8 is largely
confirmed. According to me, Noosphere is one of those
artists that got their proper typical musical style. They
do what they want to, they don't try to imitate what's
working these days and even are against the current with
some 303 lines.
Aqua is a very eclectic album and this is its major force,
maybe some listeners will be a bit lost in the always
musical changes.
This album has muffled sound coupled with melancholy tones
and nice melodies.
2 tracks (Vector & Expect The Unexpected)are made with help
from Marcus (X Dream),they 're rougher,faster & sharper but
keep this slight dark atmosphere; the 2 are dancefloors.
Hyperfocus is an energic & dancefloor track,with metallic
percu & nice synth lines.
Plan-B is dancefloor too, much subtle with vibraphone like
melody,one og the happiest tunes on Aqua.
Anemony is a bewithing melancholy downtempo stuff with
chimes melody.
Next one is a more basic dancefloor track.
Waterproof is a downtempo at acoustic country guitar.
The return is a robotic jerky one for dancefloors.
Changes is another melancholy downtempo track done whith a
Quickdand is a dancefloor one but sounds to me annoying coz
of his weakly melody.
Captain Proton has some dracula's atmosphere on his intro
and during all the track,some 303 lines arrives and gives
this track all his energy. There's also some syncoped
Highlights are :Plan-B,Anemony and Captain Proton.
Others goods stuffs :tracks 1,3,6,7,11.
One only bad point, Quicksand .
Mark :9/10 (recommended if you like electism album &
melancholy tones)

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Posted 28 June 2002 - 11:00 AM

Hah. Quicksand ----------------- OMG!

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Posted 28 June 2002 - 11:00 AM

very dissapointing album. Vector is still the outstanding track on this one. I
had expected more.

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Posted 28 June 2002 - 11:00 AM

I heard the 12" recently... Wasn't Impressed. From Twisted to Spirit Zone
should almost tell you, but I will endeavour to hear it nonetheless.

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Posted 28 June 2002 - 11:00 AM

"Expect the unexpected" is one of the BEST electro trax I'v ever heard !!!

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Posted 01 July 2002 - 11:00 AM

p/ o tristan , eu quero saber se sai algum albun esse ano !!!

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Posted 02 July 2002 - 11:00 AM

spirit zone have a habit of releasing better music than twisted as of late... :P

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Posted 16 August 2002 - 11:00 AM

A little late on this one we know, but after some strong tracks and a good
reputation for mid-set psychedelic grooves this album is worth checking out.
Hyperfocus kicks things off in a nicely manic flavour, with semi-harsh lines
filter in and out giving ample fuel for those stomping feet. Plan-B features
an initially sparse groove and some awesome pads that make for a moody,
atmospheric sound before detroity techno synths and restrained psychedelic
growls take it further. Vector features M.C. Maichel of X-Dream, and the
influence is evident: a blistering rhythm section provides the backbone for
some truly psychedelic synth runs, peaking the intensity at somewhere around
8.3 on the Richter scale. Anemony is a very laid back, lounge-jazz offering
with plenty of class, all very well but it does have the effect of disrupting
the flow of the album and is likely to have you skipping on to How Do You Like
Me Now?, a Delta-tinged industrial groover. Waterproof is chilled to the point
of almost-coma, with bluesy slide guitar lazily swaggering over drunk beats,
again though it interrupts the flow rather than creating a balance. The Return
is a laid-back, tecchy little tune with nice light melodies swirling about for
a nice morning tune, immediately after which is Changes, another laid back
(verging on the coma again). Quicksand is a clockwork-style trancer with odd
melodies that don’t quite work, making for a sort of grating-polka sort of
effect, while the barking 303 of Captain Proton is sure to get you smiling as
you stomp. M.C. Maichel returns to help lay down Expect The Unexpected, a
spacey electro comedown number which is all very well, though you are left
wishing that something unexpected would happen. The laid back tunes seriously
get in the way and interrupt the flow of the album, and if you program them
out it seems to hang together better. This is close to being a good album, but
somewhere along the line it lost its way.

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Posted 27 September 2002 - 11:00 AM

Noosphere- Aqua (Spirit Zone, Jul. 2002)
1. Hyperfocus 7:20
2. Plan-B 7:27
3. Vector 6:36
4. Anenomy 4:17
5. How Do You Like Me Now ? 6:25
6. Waterproof 5:25
7. The Return 8:26
8. Changes 5:49
9. Quicksand 6:13
10. Captain Proton 7:27
11. Expect the Unexpected 5:22

Ok, better late then never. Just got this excellent album, and it didn't age
yet. Noosphere deliver a fresh diverse album, touching lots of spots on the
known trance space and exploring some new uncharted territories as well. Fun,
groovy, everchanging, psychedelic, strong mind factor- great cover as well.

They start in your face right from the start- rock'n'roll!!! Great percussive
interphase and back to business. Excellent- who said full on can't be
original? Then it's time for Plan-B (T2)- good kick change move- very nice
opening. Atmospheric melodies. Crunch. Hypnotizing groove. Vector's next.
Well- everything have been already said. After all these parties it's still a
joy to listen and to dance to. Anenomy is a down tempo break with beautiful
mysterious touching lines. Then we move to driving percussion with happy,
grabbing groove. Great. Waterproof (T6) is a nice chilled blusey piece, very
relaxed and with a totally drunk melody. The Return (T7) reminds me of old
Etnica stuff in feel- and that is a good thing. Changes (T8) is the only fall
down here- and not that it's not a good track- it's an excellent loungy
hypnotic piece- it's just that it's totally out of place here, and should have
been left for another more suitable place. Things really change with
Quicksand, which besides the great name, is a sneaky twisted tune that will
sure make you smile. Pure joy. Captain Proton (T10) is my favorite here, with
Vector being everywhere for a long time now. Melodic psytrance at it's best-
just the way I like it- so much feel! Can't wait to play it pitched up in a
morning somewhere in nature. A second team up with Marcus Michael (after
Vector) ends the story- the most aquatic piece in this Aqua story.

Bottom line: It's been a while since an album got stuck in my changer for
weeks- that says all, I think. Just buy it- that's all. Favorites: 1, 3(!!),
5-7, 9(!), 10(!), 11.

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Posted 23 October 2002 - 11:00 AM

Well...Here is another pretty crazy album too...It has some really nice sounds
and crazy rhythms but also some nice dub stuff as well...Some parts are very
psychedelic and some are very slow...So, it is actually not an album to listen
to it as a whole...All songs are cute or good in their own way except a bit
boring Plan B...rest is pretty good : HYPERFOCUS, VECTOR ( ! ), WATERPROOF,

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Posted 15 March 2010 - 04:07 PM

"The Return" really is brilliant. The quirky melody at 4:55

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