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  1. Remember Distant Systems - Spiral Empire? It's a fantastic space ambient Downtempo album from 2008. Review thread --> Distant System - Spiral Empire - 2008 - Psynews.org _. Does anyone know what happened to this artist? If he's still producing or has plans to ever make a sequel to Spiral Empire? Its been almost a decade. He's got a lot of fans out there. Full Album STREAM (YouTube) https://youtu.be/L9uP64511tc
  2. Track list: 1. Back To The Roots 2. Inevitable Delusion 3. Melodramatic 4. Beyond The Illusion 5. Mental Processor 6. Zygote 7. Alinside 8. Tears Of Godess 10. Photosynthesis It's a GOOD album to say the least. Here's my brief breakdown. 1. Back To The Roots has an old-school, colorful, and juicy Goa sound that I love. The atmosphere is immersive too. Great track. 2. Inevitable Delusion is more exciting. The second half has a terrific stage of evolution that elevates and evolves the entire song. Unexpectedly catchy evolutions like that remind me of the debut to some degree, though I love the more positive sound here. This is one of my favourite tracks along with the opening so far. Great work! 3. Melodramatic is where the album dips for me, at least compared to the first two tracks. The song's general foundation, direction feels somewhat repetitive and uninspired. The synth don't hook me. I feel like the song goes through the motions to some degree, or lacks something that made the first two feel so immersive and enjoyable. 4. Beyond The Illusion returns to the more colorful and traveling Goa sound. It could have developed a little more as it progresses, or had an event or two to add variety. The song showcases some beautiful work. I found the album's first two songs more engaging so far. 5. Mental Processor is more mechanical sounding and exciting; it grows to be quite infectious with Goa streams (melodies) and complexity. Nice work! 6. Zygote is another colorful, juicy track that showcases some tight mixing and complexity. It follows one set direction, but the layers keep coming, melting together into harmonious bliss. A keynote or some unexpected evolution later on a la FIlteria's In The Heaven's Eye song or Pleiadian's Alcyone to take things to the next level would have been amazing, but the unpredictable never happens, at least not to me. The song is vibrant nonetheless and should please melody lovers along with many songs on this album. 7. Alinside hooks thanks to its skipping female and male vocals and hymns that add character. There's a fairly limited amount of sounds via feels as the song progresses, but the song develops, incorporating more melodies that are refreshing enough to avoid repetition. I would have loved to see more elevation of sound and/or evolution in the second half, or a beautiful ascending final act, something that takes it higher. Again, the song stands out with its skipping voice FX and sound work. Great track and one of my favourites! 8. Tears Of Godess showcases some beautiful work and incorporates more of an ascending feel that I like. The first half at some point seems to become a little repetitive (the overall feel). Fortunately the second half is very catchy. The general direction feels homogenous, solid, and fairly predictable like many of the songs on this album. Overall I like the previous track more, and this is nice too. 9. Photosynthesis has a distinct sound, though as it progresses, it grows a little repetitive in sound to me. There's many nice ingredients. Again, an interlude along with numerous other tracks would have helped to accommodate fresh ingredients and development. What the artist did though is quite pleasant. I may be being too nit-picky here. This is an extremely melodic Goa-Trance album that is bound to please many fans of the genre. Great job in that department. One of the wonderful things of Goa is being able to meet (sometimes exceed) your imagination as a music producer, via how far, exciting, unexpected, and/or engaging we can take something. In that sense, I'd love to hear more dynamic, unpredictable twists and turns, variety, and evolution as Morphic Resonance did via The City of Moons album. I was hoping for more dynamic, unexpected elements and interludes to increase development around the ultra-melodic approach that's beautiful, well done. One of my favourite parts is the second half of Inevitable Delusion because it shifts the entire song to refreshingly new and catchier IMO terrain; it's more evolutionary in that regard. That said, the song's do develop and quite nicely. A part of me misses the more intergalactic approach and style of the debut, yet I love the artist's more vibrationally-raising work. It's so juicy; the melodies really pop and engage and in that sense, this will please many Goa enthusiasts. Overall I love the ultra-melodic approach and would love to hear more evolution and variety in direction on the next one. And to each their own! It's a passionate product with excellent production/mastering to say the least. FAVORITES: 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 Sample / Order https://www.suntriprecords.com/product/item/SUNCD39/
  3. Tracklist: 01. A Way To Regret 02. Monkeys (Extended Remix) 03. Theory Of The Ghost 04. El.Es.Di 05. Mahabaratha (Live Version) 06. Dream Telepathy 07. Secret Trip 08. Flutes I LOVE the sound/melody (SYNTH) work, energy, and the majority of the imaginative elements throughout this highly addictive Goa-Trance album. 1. A Way To Target begins with experimental voice effects that morph into accents around the beat. The opening minute reminds me of Infected Mushroom before they got carried away with their experimental vocal work. Fortunately, it doesn't overstay its welcome. The first act is catchy, thanks to some creative synth work. There's a dreamy interlude and a musical shift to more positive sounding development halfway through via ambient, soundscapes, female hymns. The result's attractive and unique. But going by this track, I'd never expect the following songs to sound so different (Goa uptempo-wise). But I kind of like that (and the overall song), even if the Hallucinogen influence is obvious to me. It doesn't feel ripped off, but inspired and I like that. B+ 2. Monkey's starts out so dark and intriguing, with what appears to be subtle industrial/atmospheric elements. It's great. Turns out the direction of all three acts is dynamic, unpredictable, infectious, and stomping. This is evolving GOA-TRANCE, the way Goa should be. The synth work is FANTASTIC. I'm reminded of what Dark Soho could sound like at times if they returned with a wonderfully upgraded still to the strength of their debut. The key changes are GREAT! There's an incoherent sample roughly halfway through (and towards the end). It sounds like a child; I could have done without it. The song ends with an odd sample, kinda meh. Everything else is SUPERB. All in all I LOVE this track. A 3. Theory Of The Ghost appears more Psytrance driven. The first act has a mechanical (almost tech-trance) sound that's decent, but it doesn't develop much and drags a little. There's a brief albeit cheesy male laugh that's completely unnecessary. The second act is stronger, with catchier synths, energy, and Goa elements. It's solid until the silly male laugh returns. It seems juvenile (to me) compared to everything else I've heard on the album thus far. Fortunately the music (again) improves past it despite the fairly rote (predictable) direction. This is a decent to pretty good song, and arguably the weakest uptempo track on the album. I enjoy many aspects of it (synths, mixing, final act), but compared to the previous track, I can't help but feel letdown. This artist is capable of creating far superior (catchier), satisfying work. B- / B 4. eL.eS.Di begins with a strong, emotive backdrop. The chapter improves as it progresses and features some fantastic psychedelic MELODY WORK, bubbly/shuffling FX, a terrific climactic segment, and a strong, evolved second and third act. Excellent! A- 5. Mahabharata (Live Version) is one of the best tracks here. This vehicle's packed with energy, variety, development, infectious synth work, textures, and rhythms. Just when the first act seems to drag, it breaks out with delicious new moves and sequences that elevate its opening. Also the last act's excellent! WOW this things catchy! I can't imagine this not being a hit on dance floors and electronic music festivals! The song is super fun. It comes equipped with wonderful synth/sound work and remains highly addictive from near start to finish. A 6. Dream Telepathy is great, save the male vocals (singing). I get the idea of having ethnic influence (adding flavor to your songs). Here they however certain ones take away from the surreal vibe accomplished so well by the terrific music. Some may not mind the vocals. The effect is catchier when they skip. I can accept the difference (unique element) of them overall. Then there's that tasty mixing/beat/synth work to boot! Also the female vocal effect around the male hymns is VERY CATCHY, as well as the evolved, last act. Overall this is pretty great! A- 7. Secret Trip appears more Psytrance oriented. Fortunately there's Goa elements as it progresses. The reverberating backdrop is catchy. The synths and the Hallucinogen influence work to some degree. However, the song would benefit from having more development. The few voice samples are fine. The high-pitched indian chanting in the last act however is pretty distracting. This would have been a great opportunity to develop the song more. The melodies in the last two minutes are good, though they could've arrived and developed more earlier. It's fairly memorable due to its rumbling backdrop and a decent to pretty good track, but the least strong here IMO since Theory Of The Ghost. B- / B 8. Flutes is an experimental, PSY, downtempo number. There's a sound that reminds me of someone tapping their wet sneakers on the floor amidst a pleasently forming atmosphere. The song has one of the most cringe-worthy, albeit not-too-long voice samples. The ambient flute segment in the last 1-2 minutes is very nice, especially when the beat returns. I'd say the last act is very good, if not great. More scenery (eventfulness) and development would have been nice, but this thing does development. Regarding the flute, I love the idea of incorporating classical instruments into Goa-Trance. This is a nice way to end the album, though I think the artist could've taken it further. The song isn't bad. It's nothing spectacular either. Flutes is a unique, solid closing. Now just get that annoying voice sample out of there. Your album's too healthy for unpleasant ingredients! B / B+ CONCLUSION I'm impressed. I've never heard Artha before, yet I'd place this up there as one of 2016's best Goa-Trance albums. Same goes for.. - Morphic Resonance - City of Moons - Ultimate Xperience - Lazarus Rising - RA - Earthcall - Crossing Mind - Beyond Duality Dream Telepathy is creatively rich, exciting, immersive, and engaging. It has some of the best Goa-Trance songs I've heard all year on it, primarily Monkeys and Mahabharata. I'm loving much of the work on numerous other songs too, e.g., eL eS Di (what a pain in the ass to spell lol) and Dream Telepathy! Is there anything that could be better? Yes. The third song could have been stronger. Same with the seventh and last one. This artist is insanely talented, yet there's a few songs (and moments) that could have been refined when compared to the excellent/superb work surrounding them. I could have done without the brief laughing on Track 3, the hymns in Track 6, the chanting in Track 7, and the samples in track 8. None of these ruin the album for me, they're just noticeable when they occur and take distract from the strong and worth experiencing (many times!) journey. That said and for the most part, the Hallucinogen-inspired elements are SOLID. Most of the album is terrific, at least I think so, and many others (not all) seem to agree. There's an ingenuity to many of the songs that I like, that give this album a distinct flavor, style, and feel. There's room for improvement for sure. That said, this is a terrific release. Dream Telepathy is easily one of 2016's best albums IMO. HIGHLIGHTS: 2 (!!!), 4 (!), 5 (!!!), 6 (!!) A- Stream the full album on YouTube here!
  4. Uptempo 1. Ultimate Xperience - Lazarus Rising (Neogoa) ......................................... An UNEXPECTED surprise 2. Morphic Resonance - The City of Moons (Suntrip Records) ..................... My FAVOURITE Suntrip release in YEARS 3. Artha - Dream Telepathy (Cronomi Records) ............................................ EXCELLENT (few nitpicks aside) 4. RA - Earthcall (Suntrip Records) ............................................................... Would've loved more songs but GREAT release 5. Crossing Mind - Beyond Duality (Suntrip Records) ................................... Complex, ultra-melodic Goa with INGENUITY 6. VA - Mind Rewind 3 (DAT Records) ........................................................... DESERVES to be on more lists IMO 7. Chi-A.D. - Earth Crossing (Amakusa Records) .......................................... Hard to place this Re-Released CLASSIC 8. Proxeeus - Weird Tales (Goa Madness Records) ...................................... UNDERRATED Goa album 9. VA - Analog Trips (DAT Records) ............................................................... Unreleased songs from old-school GOA artists 10. Ephedra - Flying Over The Universe (Goa Madness Records) ................ LOVE some of the work (tracks) here Honorable mentions: Mindsphere - Mental Triplex: Presence (Suntrip Records) ............................. Ultra melodic Goa Oforia - Read More (MDMA Music) ................................................................ Good comeback album Virtuart ‎– Virtuart & Friends (DAT Records) .................................................... Some great Goa tracks on this double album! Agnetivax - Achieving Mokesha ...................................................................... Ethnic influenced Goa gets tastier as album progresses Ticon - Mirage (Iboga Records) ...................................................................... One of the best Progressive Trance album's in years Downtempo 1. Perfect Blind - Wanderers (Ae Records / Neogoa Records) ....................... GREAT album though track 2 is too repetitive 2. VA - Goa Meditation Vol. 1 (Timewarp Records) ......................................... Finally found another EXCELLENT albeit double album 3. Aes Dana feat. Miktek - Far & Off (Ultimae Records) .................................. Crisp, Atmospheric.. I LOVE about 4-5 tracks 4. The Bhaktas - MODIFIED (Altar Records) ................................................... Includes a beautiful new song by ASURA 5. Scann-Tec - Unyt (Ultimae Records) ........................................................... Fairly subdued psychill, yet more or less gripping, great 6. Suduaya - Venus (Altar Records) ................................................................. Some great and melodic mid-tempo work. 7. Shamanizm Parallelii - Tales From Colored Tepee (Ae Records / Neogoa Records) ..... The "Temple Of Buddha High" song is magical. Wish more of the album was on that sexy, romantic, dreamy and euphoric level!!! NOTE: I haven't been that impressed with downtempo this year. Perfect Blind released a GREAT album, though the second track is too repetitive. Everyone check out VA - Goa Meditation Vol. 1 by Timewarp Records. The Asura Remix called Pitr Purusebhyo Namah on The Bhaktas compilation by Alter Records is so beautiful. Same with Chronos' song Keep In Your Heart; the album though is not on the same level of that track IMO. I don't mind that Suntrip didn't release a compilation. IMHO their artist albums were worth it. Best GOA comp for me is VA - Mind Rewind 3 (DAT Records) followed by V/A - Analog Trips though I really like (and don't like) a few on Analog Trips. Can't wait to hear Virtuart and Friends!
  5. No, I had no idea. Thanks for sharing! I somehow missed this masterpiece. I can't believe the original released in 1975. Mind blown. I love the live Fukushima Version by them too via https://youtu.be/gg7CSMFpwao) --> That main melody is so beautiful. There's this version too that gets great after the first minute.. https://youtu.be/0EBTn_3DBYo Beautiful! I could be wrong, but UX's version sounds like a beautiful remake with many creative elements and samples that are in the essence (and message) of the original master work.
  6. Crossing Mind - Beyond Duality Suntrip Records 2016 Tracklist: 01. Cyclotron 02. The Foolish Mind 03. No Hazardous Materials Signs 04. Hypnotropic (2016 Remix) 05. Alpha Centauri 06. No Event Horizon 07. PsyKo-Mind-Porteur 08. Life Forms Beyond Duality is the long-awaited sequel to Inner Shift (2012), a dynamic, unique, and flavorful little gem that caught listeners by surprise when it released in 2012. Since then, the artist (Stephanie) has made a handful of songs, ranging from good to superb on numerous compilations including one of my all-time favorites: Virtual Mind Cleaner. 01. Cyclotron's opening is warm and atmospheric, thanks to the euphoric space ambient influence early on before the beat at 1:38. The song incorporates plenty of nice synth work, and although the storytelling aspect is great, the smooth albeit less dynamic direction feels almost a little too safe and unexciting to me. And yet what a solid track. Energy picks up in the second minute where we're treated to a galactic space pie (segment). It's as if a door to a new dimension is opening, exposing us to a vast selection of mystic ingredients (that will be explored more deeply in following tracks). The rolling baseline compliments the story's healthy development. The fifth minute is enhanced with key notes and warmth. I feel like a more dreamy synth could have arrived at some point, elevating the music a la Filteria's Filtertraces (Abstract Dream RMX), but that's not what the artist was going for. I love the ambient notes around 7:20, as well as the changes in the eighth minute, etc. Such improvements keep things engaging. This is a very good, if not a great opening track that appears more flawless than my [current B+] score suggests. B+ 02. The Foolish Mind has a wonderful, atmospheric, and dramatic opening. Can we order more of this please? The song's personality is dynamic, showcasing terrific sound/melody work and mixing more on than off throughout. Also the song is unpredictable and highly infectious. Unfortunately there are some frustrating moments; the first begins at 2:45 and grows increasingly childish by 3:26, as if a bunch of TV chipmunks are doing an anthem! This segment affects the quality of the work around it, and reminds me of Talpa's "When the Somberness Becomes a Game album that was buried under its own childish melodies. Thankfully from 4:06 to around 5:45, the artist returns the track to its moody, magnetic, and ecceentric personality. It's so catchy and imaginative! What the heck happened back there?! Unfortunately, the cheesy, cirus-esque (think Alvin and the Chipmunks) synth sound work returns at 5:46. Maybe the artist thought this clever/creative fun, but it sounds juvenile and distracting from the greatness of the song's ingenuity around it. Could Stephanie not have found something more complimentary in place of these childish parts to heighten the song's appeal? Furthermore, I would've and wanted to give this song an A. Anyway, from 5:38 forward, the song returns to its masterful direction and sustains it. The last act is wonderful. This song may be the most flawed masterpiece I've heard so far in 2016. It needed some refining! That said, this is an excellent track when it's not falling off the ledge (getting too crazy or in this case childish/silly) roughly 15% of the time. B+ / A- 03. No Hazardous Materials Signs begins with beautiful soundscapes and textures. We're back in the cosmos, and about to enter a celestial body full of interesting, dynamic detail. An early synth lead is supported with another but never too close up as various atmospheric ingredients take shape. The effect is immersive, and breaks for a brief interlude to adjust and re-collect. There's an accenting effect, like an echoed ping-pong ball in the second act that I find very catchy. Also arriving is fresh, even tastier melody/sound work. The creativity and mixing combined with the production here is excellent. The second act serves up a consistently delectable course two a thankful appetizer that preceded it. But it's the last, more emotive act, thanks to a deepening in arrangement that I fall in love with. Around being zippy, bouncy, creative, and fun, there's heart, a warm feeling that the third act serves us that I find incredibly pleasing. This chapter is mature and danceable, but it's also great for home-listening. The song has great momentum without ever sounding hyper. It's complex, intelligently created, refined, and full of feeling. Just listen to it on a good pair of ear buds and you will see what I mean. Here the artist took a fresh list of ingredients and developed it beautifully, without incident. Excellent song, well done! A 04. Hypnotropic (2016 Remix) is even zippier and higher in energy than the previous track. I love the sleek, crunchy synth and drum work in the first minute. Also infectious are the high pitched FX via 1:55. The arrangement changes, increasing with complexity. All of this works, though I feel a little mixed with the twisted-orchestra segment that runs from 2:56 to 3:42. It's by no means bad. Naturally I'm all for making a song more musical, moody, and dramatic. Some will like it. Simply put, I don't find it as catchy as the more moody or musically emotionally conveying segments on the previous two tracks. Past that, the fourth minute introduces new moves (arrangement, sounds, etc.), and it's here that the song evolves with much higher, delectable degrees. The result is sleek and complex. I love the skipping effect at 5:23 and the drum changes from to 6:02. These passages are crisp and tight! Having the layers drop-off at 7:02 was smart, allowing us to catch our breath, decompress for a moment before the next wave arrives. Even the last two minutes accent via drums, etc. The end result is a unique, complex, and dynamic track. It takes a few minutes to clarify some thoughts, but once it gets going, it's really great. Hypnotropic is further proof that the artist has wonderful skills with with intricacy and fluidity. A- 05. Alpha Centauri has a stand out opening. It's so euphoric and dreamy, captivating. I would have loved if that continued or possibly another (more homogeneous to opening) down or mid-tempo track can come out of that one day that's transcendently infectious like Astral Projection's Liquid Sun but in Crossing Mind's celestial vision. What follows in this track anyway is bouncy and exciting. There's some really fun synth work in the first minute, complimented by drums. The third minute has terrific pickup in energy (3:21) and development too, and the forth showcases a beautiful melody (4:21). I love the forth minute! It's so bubbly and vibrant, just wonderful. So far this song is near full of infectious passages! The fifth minute is great too, that is, until a childish sounding synth enters at 5:38 and runs to 6:15. Ouch, and I was loving this track before that. Man! I'm all for experimenting, but please avoid the silly things. I feel like the artist gets a little too carried away at times (in the silly sense, though rare) which distracts from the otherwise wonderful music. Past that little blip (irritation), at 6:18 a harmonious interlude occurs. It's solid! Energy soon increases and the world is healthy and crisp again, coupled with ice-chilling notes and additional delectable synths (7:28) until the end. As a whole, Alpha Centauri is great fun when it doesn't momentarily dip for a forty-five second bite of cheese halfway through. A- 06. No Event Horizon begins in the deep cosmos. A wave of soundscapes pass by. They're complimented by a brief hymn at 1:18 that surprisingly works. I'm all for experimenting, but on the previous track, things got a little too distracting and cheesy at times (however brief). This avoids that trap and reaches greatness, though I find the vibrating synth at 2:28 more attractive than the many layers around it; it merges delectably with the former (still active) tingly lead. That said, the first act is somewhat emotionally distant and abrasive (a bit noisy) to my ears. Thankfully, the interlude at 4:25 allows the artist to re-imagine the direction of where the song can go. It is here, halfway through, that the song develops into something with greater feeling, direction, and arrangement. The melody at 4:52 works well, adding to the euphoric rhythm. Also the last, more intricate act deserves attention for its beautiful complexity and creativity. I love the ambient chords just before the seventh minute, and the wonderful synth progression at 7:04 is excellent! It sounds as if a genius is playing the piano. I remember feeling this way about Infected Mushroom before they fell off the deep end and began singing to their music. This artist is an elaborate composer, and appears to be (maybe) inspired by Infected Mushroom in their prime. He has to be careful not to fall into cheese (or experimentals that don't work) kingdom though. This is another track that reaches greatness, but as a whole, I found the last three songs more satisfying so far. Still I have to say, well done! B+ / A- 07. PsyKo-Mind-Porteur is another song with a great opening. This has more energy than the previous track. It's musically rich, elaborate, and dynamic, incorporating tasty E-Mantra-esque accents, but through the lens of Crossing Mind). It's highly addictive. Brief atmospheric interludes pave way to new channels of sound and unpredictable surprise. Unlike The Foolish Mind however, this seems to play its cards right throughout. And then the entire song elevates at 3:53, thanks to moody ambient-elements and instrumentation. I LOVE that. I'd love more moody, surreal, and atmospheric, provocatively magical MELODY elements (overall songs) like this one. Another intriguing interlude massages the sixth minute before fronting yet another musical evolution across the seventh. All of this engages. It's highly creative and complex, and best of all, it's catchy. It's fun! The artist takes chances and avoids childish toys like the few he broke out via The Foolish Mind (maybe with intent to initially sound fun but it backfired). This on the other hand is musically varied, tightly woven, and infectious throughout. Terrific! A 08. Life Forms concludes the album on a soft albeit peppy and light-hearted note. Initially I found it too repetitive, but it's grown on me since. That said, it's very different from the musically sleek and cosmic work that preceded it. The first act is fairly monotonous to me, though its pleasant sound prevails. Words like monotonous and Crossing Mind are two things that should never exist in the same sentence. Some may feel otherwise and enjoy the more chill-esque and simplistic influence. Unfortunately, the song seems to go through the motions to some degree, with little (for what this artist is capable of) but some development. I'm all for positive vibes, and although I would have enjoyed a more engaging and varied closing. The last act introduces a peppy synth that I find a little irritating. The subtle ambient sounds are very nice though. I go back and forth, between liking and feeling this is short of expectations. Something catchier with stronger development would have been nice. Again I'm all for positive and awakening, light-filled songs. I love that this artist stepped into something light-filled, though it doesn't appear all that awakening. It simply isn't that memorable. Fortunately it's not bad and the pros far out-weigh the cons on this wildly inventive and elaborate album. B- CONCLUSION If you like your Goa music complex, dynamic, intelligent (for the most part), and varied in structure, direction, and arrangement, Beyond Duality may be for you. The album is imaginative, visionary, addictive, and unafraid to take risks (what I like to see!), though at times it gets a little carried away. It's mature for the most part, though briefly childish. Production values are through the roof, and some refining would have been helpful regarding those few childish segments in The Foolish Mind and Alpha Centauri. The album combines heart with intellect, and being a mental trickster. It's impressive on a technical level and very enjoyable! Naturally I encourage more FEELS and taking what works to higher degrees and pushing the envelope to one's heart's content and desires (just look at what Dimension 5 did with Deep Space 5D!!). In the future, I'd love to hear some climaxes. Of course there are some really climactic parts. I'm talking about those stand out climaxes, often preceded by buildups to wildly fun explosions of infectious energy. Naturally I can't deny this artist's ability to create delicately complex, articulative, and meticulous songs. I simply wish Beyond Duality was free of those few childish segments (noted above) because the artist seems to have pretty high high standards. I get the idea of taking risks and having fun. I just think it's important to be mindful to avoid certain impulsivity via silliness that could off-set superb work. As a whole, this album is fantastic. It's a big improvement over previous Crossing Mind albums and expands on the genre. I love it. Beyond Duality is musically rich and rewarding. It's full of ingenuity and one of the best albums of 2016. Highly recommended! Favorite tracks: 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 A- Sample / Order Here http://suntriprecords.com/product/item/SUNCD42/ https://suntriprecords.bandcamp.com/album/beyond-duality https://www.psyshop.com/shop/CDs/sut/sut1cd042.html http://beatspace.com/9828/Suntrip+Records/CROSSING+MIND/Beyond+Duality/detail.aspx https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Crossing_Mind_Beyond_Duality?id=B6dfuifbmfqq4zt534oqqdm4ig4
  7. Jon Cocco

    RA - Unearthly

    Celestial Slice!!!!!! This album's still great years later! The only two tracks I'm not in love with are Lifethread (Serena Mix) and Lightspark, yet they have great elements. I'm surprised this review thread's only 1 Page (to date). I think many people missed this album when it released in 2012 for whatever reason. I feel like I was a little hard on it at the time. Here's the full album on YouTube, totally worth it. We need more releases like this!
  8. I can't believe Chi-A.D.'s Earth Crossing album never received a proper release until now. This is one of the best Goa-Trance albums. It grows to be magical and mystical, innovative and psychedelic, a melody-fans dream with moments (entire tracks) of exquisite power and ingenuity. Only thing odd to me is the track list. My old "unreleased" copy reads the following: 1. BLACK LIGHT 2. BOOK OF EDEN 3. HAMMERHEAD 4. X-ISLE 5. TRANSPARENT SEA 6. ZERO BARRIER 7. BLUE EFFECT 8. LIQUID NEON SKY Black Light, Book of Eden, Zero Barrier, and Liquid Neon Sky are worth the price of admission alone. IMO X-Isle and Hammerhead are the least strong tracks on the album. Nonetheless, they're not bad. I love this album. Earth Crossing is arguably the artist's best album to date. His second album, Anno Domini is excellent too, incorporating heavily atmospheric, moving backdrops unlike anything I've ever heard. But Earth Crossing is super, visionary, and way up there too. Highly recommend! Thankfully the videos on YouTube are raising awareness of this artist and album(s) existence. But it would make sense for the label to upload the re-mastered (assuming it was re-mastered) copy in higher quality to YouTube (if they haven't already) and include buy links there. I'm a little surprised Suntrip never went ahead and re-mastered (released) this underrated Goa favorite over the years. It's a classic. Stream Earth Crossing and all Chi-A.D.'s albums at the YouTube link below. NOTE: To begin Earth Crossing, skip to 3:48:34 as shown in the description box. Link: https://youtu.be/sITczLsxm3c
  9. RA - Earthcall Suntrip Records 2016 Tracklist: 1. Terra 2. Predator (Remix) 3. Sacred Sands 4. Crossing Planet 5. 12th Hour (with. Menkalien) 6. Touch a Star 7. Causatum RA's 9th (2008) is considered by many to be one of the best albums in Goa-Trance. It was a treat considering many artists from 1996 to 2001 stopped producing Goa music in or around 2000. We lost many of our best Goa artists, but a few didn't abandon one of their greatest talents: to create. One of my favorite Goa names to stay was RA who gave us 9th, a superb, spiritual, intellectual, and deep , trance-inducing (at times) album that told a story while expanding on the possibilities of Goa-Trance. It even gave us a stellar downtempo song in the end; Light Receiver is one of the most poignant, beautiful songs I've ever heard in my life. So my expectations for RA are very high, and for many listeners as well. It's been 8 years since 9th. I've read info in the forums, talk that a new album was in the works, but it never arrived. As the years passed, I began wondering if or when we'd ever hear a new RA release. Regardless of how good it would be, I'd rather get a RA album that's good or great than not one at all. And so Earthcall has finally released in the brink of 2017. Where did all those years go? Upon pressing PLAY, I notice changes right away relative to production (an improvement), sound design and delivery (different), but solid and still Goa thankfully, still with those classic Egyptian RA elements more or less based on the track. From what I read, Cosmic Dimension put the finishing touches on a couple of the tracks, maybe to get it out in time by year's end. A full review ensues. 1. Terra begins beautifully. The intro is magical, warm, and euphoric, thanks to lush atmosphere, warm ambient, and distinct melodic ingredients. The ethereal sound is pleasant throughout and produces a rare Goa sound we rarely hear anymore. The song feels a little safe to my ears, despite its melody-heavy approach. Fortunately, the melodies are bubbly and in the forefront, very nice. I feel that the artist could have dug up more surprises and events along the way. In other words, the song could have gone deeper, yet I find myself preferring this smooth opening at times just the way it is. The music is crisp and catchy, albeit less psychedelic and complex than 9th. Then again this is the opening. The first few times I heard this, I was fairly disappointed and expected more. For an opening track though, it's pretty good, with enough to please the general listener. Naturally, Terra is joyful. It connects to the more elaborate songs. RA albums often begin gentle, and Terra is no exception. Good track. B 2. Predator (Remix) is the first and only remix on Earthcall. As with the Terra, this one's grown on me. I believe it was made soon after 9th. The remix retains the catchy sound of the original while improving upon it in so many ways that I've lost count. The direction and melodies are smooth and catchy. They blend together seamlessly well, never falling to repetition. The arrangement improves as the vehicle covers more ground, with fresh beauty and development. As with the original, this is an emotive, contemplative, and story-driven number that thrives on harmony, warm atmosphere, and a beautiful melody/sound design. It's superior to the original, though it reminds me of the more homogenous, visionary album (9th) that preceded this one. My only nitpick is that this song reminds me of 9th and I'd love to hear more songs that represent the vision of this new story (album) since all RA albums seem to go above and beyond in that regard. The story feels weak so far on Earthcall, yet the songs have a special sound to them. Beautiful work. B+ 3. Sacred Sands begins with the artist's signature, Egyptian-sound that we all know and love. To me this is the first really substantial, updated in ingenuity, great [representing the new album's story/vision] track on the album. The melody/sound work, accents, impact-esque FX, arrangement, and direction are excellent. The ethereal sound and atmosphere works wonders to the increasing psychedelic subtle, the core driving rhythm. This is an example of what I love about RA. The song bursts with ingenuity, passion, and vision. It's determined, characteristic, and confident, a world all its own as the songs were on 9th. The overall sound feel feels trance-inducing at times. I'm hooked from start to finish. The growing lower pitched synth (like an undercurrent) adds subtle intensity to the mystical feel, the ancient old truths buried deep in history of the foreign-influence. This is classic RA rejuvenated and healthier than I've heard in a long time. I can't find an ounce of fat, of filler. Quite frankly, the album could have started here and replaced the first two songs with two stronger, more current sounding numbers, but that's a nit-pick. I'm simply recalling nostalgia from 9th. This is one of RA's best tracks. Now all we need is a more climactic song on Earthcall (we're getting there!). Sacred Sands is imaginative, rich, and captivating. A- 4. Crossing Planet is the exciting number I've been waiting for. An exciting lead breaks out at 3:02 and is enhanced with rhymic layers and soundscapes. New moves enter at 5:15, off-setting repetition and keeping things engaging. We're given a moment to catch our breath at 6:58 before the next burst of adrenaline. The beat disappears from 8:16 to 8:55. Soon the vehicle takes off for an excellent finale in the ninth minute. Along with Sacred Sands, this is one of my favorite tracks of 2016 and by RA to date. I was hooked for nearly all eleven minute. The song has a strong, returning climax towards the end and there's never a dull moment. Crossing Planet doesn't top RA's revolutionary track R.O.M., but it comes closer than almost every uptempo track by RA in the last 15 years. I go back and forth with my score. The song's great and very enjoyable to hear over and over again! It simply doesn't put me in awe as most other songs I've given a solid A to. The artist hasn't topped R.O.M. when it comes to uptempo to date, but don't let that dissuade you from enjoying this stellar missile. A- / A 5. 12th Hour (with. Menkalien) begins more raw and edgy before choosing the path of light. There is an intended (or not) Trance influence to this Goa song. It's would probably sound great on dance floors. Thankfully, it never sounds clubby or contrived. It has a more mainstream friendly sound I think, but that is due to the more linear element via chrous-esque lead. I find that this element works. A beautiful lead lifts the tone at 2:33 and it is here that I see some (not all) Goa fans finding this a tad too mainstream (or commercially) friendly. My answer to that is Vavoom! by Man With No Name. Few argued that Vavoom! wasn't good. 12th Hour is similar in concept in that regard. It combines Trance elements with a tilt towards Goa. I too was a little unsure the first time I heard this, even the second.. but its grown on me. The music is uplifting and optimistic, yet ethereal (at times) and contemplative. Noteworthy parts include 3:25, 3:52, and 3:55. This track has the feels. The melodies lift me up. I don't find them cheesy, but I can see if some Goa enthusiasts perceive the chorus-esque segment as such. The general direction's a bit predictable due to the chorus-esque element, but the combination of this approach via Goa vs. less Goa (more Trance influence) works here. It's pretty atypical for RA and less risk-taking than what we've come to expect (what the artist is capable of) Goa wise. Nonetheless, 12th Hour has a lot going on, developmentally and that engages, for dance purposes; it's friendly, energetic, and fun. The song adds variety to the album and it'll likely grow on you too. Nice work! B+ 6. Touch a Star is far less predictable than the previous solid combination. This is non-linear in that each act sounds different from the one before it; there is little crossover influence, nor chorus-esque parts. Each time I hear this song, it sounds fairly new to my ears. The song's more digitized approach is matched with balance and harmony at 3:40. Once those sounds coalesce, I feel great, like the song is no longer lacking something or sounding too computerized. This is another story-driven song, though each chapter on this album seems to tell a story. The song bursts with melodies and grows harmonious in progression. Layers blend together in a stream, creating conscious unity and solidarity, oneness. The second half is great! There is a terrific part at 7:37 when a musically rich shift arrives out of virtually nowhere. It's a wonderful moment, so vibrationally raising. I love it. I just wish there was more magical moments like that, magical moments that lift us up. This song took some time to grow on me, more than the others. It has rare, special sound, primarily in the second and third act that we rarely here in Goa music anymore. This is a beautiful and interesting, experimental Goa track that seems to get better with age (repeat listens). A- 7. Causatum is like the sequel to the self-titled closing number on RA's debut album, To Sirius. This is so unique, interesting, and different. The Egyptian touches are fantastic. This is such a satisfying way to end the album. Good voice samples too relative to the consciousness and the Universe. The transition at 5:30 is very catchy, and the following beat (buildup) soon after. And the melody work in the second and third act is just . At the end of Filteria's Daze of Our Lives (2009) album, Jannis ended with a crunchy Goa downtempo closing. It was great, though I felt the intro and outro was less homogenous. I felt that the best part of that track was way too short in that it was only two minutes (roughly) long. I reference that because this takes the best part, concept-wise (Goa rhythm) of that number and makes it the near entirety of the song! Moreover, the song gets catchier as it progresses. At first I thought this was a little too digitized, thin on substance, and synthetic, good but not great. But the updated sound of this song (and the overall album) has really grown on me. Although I found the closing track on 9th (Light Receiver) more poignant, substantially deep, spiritual, and memorable, Causatum is an excellent closing number. A- CONCLUSION This is an engaging, unique release in Goa-Trance that includes some very experienced programming as well as some of RA's best work. There's a tad less Egyptian influence, though the story/melody-driven RA influence is present throughout. Certain tracks like Sacred Sands and Causatum ooze with classic RA elements revitalized wonderfully. Others such as Terra and 12th Hour seem more interested in exploring new terrain. I'd say the songs range from pretty good, to very good, to great/excellent. Although the first two songs are very good/great it's Track 3 via Sacred Sands forward where the album sounds refreshingly new to my ears. Crossing Planet is a strong, high-octane number that echoes the rawness from the days of R.O.M. It has potential to blow up dance floors. Same with 12th Hour (with. Menkalien) due to its uplifting sound. 12th Hour is the most mainstream-friendly Goa track that I've ever heard by the artists on a main album, and as with Man With No Name translated various club-friendly Trance elements and made a Goa song with them, it. That said, I love the deeper, more intellectual, and spiritual numbers, and feel like the album could have benefitted from an extra down or mid-tempo number just before Causatum in the end considering the artists' solid down/mid-tempo release, Earthly a years before. Touch a Star incorporates more of a symphonic, experimental sound, yet wins in the end due to its heart, ascensional melodies (feels) and that wonderful [signature, Egyptian RA] influence in addition to a wonderful final act (and a strong second too for that matter). I like the other-worldly feel of Causatum and the RA influence throughout. I didn't find a song weaker due to experimentation. If anything, the experimenting added something different and new to the experience. That, for the most part I like. Earthcall is more accessible than 9th, but I find 9th better due to it being more visionary and story-driven as an album whole. To Sirius and 9th were both visionary releases that appeared to be made within a certain (shorter but more focused) timeframe, and so the track list felt more cohesive and related to the story as a whole. I feel that if the artists were more focused and committed to the vision of Earthcall, it [the album's story and the track chapters in that regard] would have sounded more congruent and comprehensive like the first to RA albums. In that sense, this is my third favorite RA album even though it considers some of RA's best tracks. The good news is that Earthcall's songs are visionary and story-driven. The tracks were simply made between 2008 or 2009 (I imagine) and 2016, so certain songs feel more old school than others. I was initially concerned that the album would turn into a compilation of old, unreleased tracks thrown together to cheaply double as a third album. Thankfully that doesn't seem to be the case despite the album not being what I consider a masterpiece. After letting it sink in, I think it's really great. I'm thankful to finally have another RA album after all these years, and I've stopped comparing it to 9th which dove deeper into the exploratory and mystical, spiritual realms of Goa. Those elements are still here, simply the album's seems less substantial due to its fewer songs when compared to 9th, and to its credit, some of the tracks on Earthcall go over 10 minutes (though you could say the same about 9th ). That said, I love heavily [melodic] Goa-Trance with the level of development that we've seen by Pleiadians, RA, Hallucinogen, etc. In that regard, I'm not disappointed when revisiting this release and enjoying it many times over. While the album may not raise the bar, it seems to comprise some great and inventive work, and expand, even improve in some ways on past applications. I don't feel as a whole, that it offers us as much substance via mash and potatoes as 9th did. But it is in the realm of what many of us were looking forward to. Earthcall showcases work that exceeded my expectations on repeat listens, though I would have loved an additional 1-2 tracks even if they were down or mid-tempo. After all it's been 8 years since the last Goa release by RA. On a side note, I also recommend checking out RA's Unearthly (2012) album if you haven't. It's mainly down and mid-tempo and features some wonderful, magical work, as do all RA albums to date. Overall and despite some shortcomings, this is a great release. Let it grow on you and whatever you thought, comment below. Each of our experiences and perspectives add to the whole. Thanks for reading and thank you Suntrip, RA, and Cosmic Dimensions for making this happen rather than no RA release for several more years. Favorite tracks: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 B+ / A- Sample / Order here: https://www.suntriprecords.com/product/item/SUNCD43/
  10. A good album with some GREAT tracks for those who can get past Aries. This was his last good or great album IMO. Its a bit similar at times. Fortunately there are lots of catchy melodies (synths) and a handful of stand out, memorable songs. I love the edgy, psychedelic, uplifting, and climactic elements, creativity, and direction of a handful of tracks. I don't like the opening track. I find its guitar usage distracting and unpleasent. But 12 tracks !! This artist knew how to combine Goa and Psy ... and Full On and Psy (more or less here) without getting cheesy, generic, and formulaic which ironically is exactly what happened. Unfortunately. Favorite tracks: Cancer Gemini Libra Leo Cancer Capricorn Scorpio I like Leo too and can tolerate, enjoy the others to some degree (save Aries)
  11. When you see the amount of "hits" on this album compared to his more creative Goa (Beyond the Mask) and Psy (Musica Divinorum) albums, you'll know why he keeps making these, though Zodiac got many hits and people seemed to really like Musica Divinorum and Beyond the Mask. This is less complex, more generic, and less thought-provoking (intellectually stimulating) trance. The first track's not bad. But those cheesy melodies that begin in track 2 (and other tracks) are not fun to me. Many similar sounds appear to be used throughout too. This album sounds way TOO SAFE and TYPICAL to my ears. But the general person doesn't know OLD (more edgy, imaginative) Talamasca from new (more mainstream friendly, formulaic). Oh well. I wouldn't buy it. There's just too much more creative stuff out there. After finding new appreciation for his MUSICA DIVINORUM (2001) album, I'm going to go listen to ZODIAC (2003) and BEYOND THE MASK (2000) again. I own Beyond the Mask (!!!) and Musica Divinorum (!). You gotta admit though, this artist produced a lot of great music before selling out to more typical, full on cheesy melody trance to appeal to a wider audience. It's like watching a sequel to Cars if you've never seen Finding Nemo or a good Anime like Princess Mononoke, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Akira, Grave of the Fireflies, Wolf Children, or Vampire Hunter D. If Cars 2 was my first animated film, I'd probably be in awe too.
  12. I miss THIS Talamasca. Whatever happened to THIS Talamasca? This album is so creative, catchy, and fun! Great for dancing and home listening. Enjoy this thing here https://youtu.be/v3Xv4WdWGEE
  13. Ultimate Xperience - Lazarus Rising [Neogoa] 1. Andromeda 2. Kingdom Of Heaven 3. Across Thee Universe [space Time Continuum] 4. LAZARUS [sanctum] [Mix XIII] 5. High Energy Protons [Deus Ex-Machina Mix] [vs. Juno Reactor] 6. Radio-Activity [eXtinction 13] 7. Thee Audssey [Continues] [The Faithealers Remix] UX returns with an unexpected surprise after a roughly two-decade departure from Goa-Trance. The result is NOT a pure Goa album, nor a Goa album, but an album that HAS Goa influence and.. well.. let's begin begins-- 1. Andromeda opens with beautiful atmosphere, ambient, and a fantasy/mystical feel. I LOVE the first 1:40 of this song! The beat arrives at 1:42, although the second and third minute sound like generic albeit well produced Full On to me. The first act incorporates many ideas to keep us entertained, but little magic takes place after the first 1:40. Enter terrific synths at 4:34 that make me all but forget the more generic (predictable) approach and direction. A tune at 5:41 adds to the creativity, mood, into fairly Juno Reactor-esque territory. The darker tone at 7:13 is intriguing. The ninth minute forward is pretty cool. A criticism is that the song takes time to sound more congruent and engaging around its many nice sounds. Also, the overall direction and approach feels a little safe to me. I feel that the general Full On style is limiting what the artists are capable of. Of course I'd rather an album start good and improve from there rather than start strong and disappoint later. That said, I think this is a great track, although "the whole is weaker than the sum of its parts" in my opinion. I'm also basing this on desiring to see an album not depend too much on sounding like Juno Reactor! To me the song mixes two visions: 1.) A visionary song via intro and later synth work [with] 2.) a song made to appeal to more general audiences and in doing so, limits what UX are truly capable of. The result is a catchy song that I go back and forth between because I agree that it's entertaining overall! A- 2. Kingdom Of Heaven showcases greater feeling, melodies, ethnic influence, and direction. I love the clunk effect at 1:21 (that repeats like an accent without being overused), the atmosphere, the euphoric/uplifting feel in the second minute in addition to its keys, progression, the key changes, and more. After a brief transition, the energy suddenly shifts at 4:27 and we kick into high gear via adrenalized Juno territory. Fortunately UX's approach prevents the song from feeling like a JR rip-off. Beautiful ambient, atmosphere, and sound/melody work captivates the last act. The JR feel returns at 10:15 and merges with angelic that compliment the intensity. This track lifts me up and gets me to feel something! I'm no longer an observer but now one enjoying the experience. Fantastic! A 3. Across Thee Universe [space Time Continuum] is more psychedelic and edgy! The opening is strong, coupled with ambient and atmosphere. Initiation to lift-off begins around 1:15. The sci-fi influence is so satisfying! The melodies in the second minute intrigue, enhanced with voice samples. The energy picks up (love those background, atmospheric sounds) as the song grows, showcasing more variety, imagination, and complexity(!). Yet it remains edgy, never falling to generic middle Eastern-Indian influenced melodies that would soften the infectiously futuristic feel. The cybernetic synths in the 5th minute are captivating and unique. The ethereal touches, ambient, and zip (fantastic synth work!) in the second third is great too! I love the twisting, distorted sound via 7:35 as well as the song's finale! This is another more imaginative, stellar number with strong direction, defining rhythms, synths, aggression, and intelligence. A- / A 4. LAZARUS [sanctum] [Mix XIII] has a very attractive and calming, ethnic-influenced intro. A catchy sample breaks tranquility at 1:13 and the ride begins. The song combines elegance (heart and feeling) with aggression. I love the simplicity in the synth work at 2:25. The synths in the third minute grow fairly repetitive though, and the female voice sample specifically from 3:45 to 4:15 are annoying. They detract from the more visionary, imaginative, and riveting aspects of the song and AGAIN, make it feel safe. On the plus, the emotive notes via 4:31 are great. After a lengthier than necessary transition in the sixth minute, the song soars! I love the ambient notes at 6:47. They fuse beautiful with the synths. The third act includes another strong section in the eighth minute thanks to awesome DRUMS (with tempo changes, yes!!!), OVERTuRE, and other infectious SYNTHS. These dynamic ingredients blaze across the ninth minute. The female vocals at 10:28 are very pleasant. Unfortunately those SAME ANNOYING OTHER FEMALE ONES return at 11:28. They're repetitive and the effect used towards the end is distracting, not fun. The song incorporates more "feels" at 12:05. I love the ethereal elements; they add feeling to the visionary world. Overall this is a pretty great song that could have used some refining and trimming to transform it into an even stronger vehicle. A- 5. High Energy Protons [Deus Ex-Machina Mix] [vs. Juno Reactor] is a remix of one of my favorite tracks (and remixes) ever. Somehow the magic and power is compromised to the traps often associated with Full On via tossing nice sounds around a safe beat and baseline. The greatness and essence of JR's classic original and remix of High Energy Protons can be heard for miles in this distinct, beautiful, and strong - infectiously relentless remix. The first act is great. The middle act is phenomenal. And the last act is full of heart, zip, and excitement! The song appears more Goa-influenced too at times. It would be so amazing if the artist incorporated more Goa influence to his new, updates style. I have to mention the returning layer at 9:54 in addition to the overture synth at 10:08 on top of everything else. That is so catchy/spectacular! I love nearly every minute of this song's roughly twelve minute run time. Excellent remix, superb! A 6. Radio-Activity [eXtinction 13] has a wonderful, reflective, and atmospheric opening. I love it. The ambient-driven song is emotionally compelling, with beautiful and inventive sounds, arrangement, and direction. It's like a movie that never feels sound track-y thankfully. The song's provocative, loaded with feels, and the samples compliment. The melodies work wonders too; they convey the story being told -- of concern, debate, and hope for the future, humanity, etc., with so much feeling and warmth (optimism). I'm impressed by how catchy and gripping this number is, considering the lack of beat, though drum work enters (and enhances) the second half. The music is like emotions pouring down like rain, showering our spirits, consciousness. I'm so happy he artist created this. It's passionate, creative, full of hope, and beautifully designed. It also shows that he can produce superb work both with and within the Juno-influence that I enjoy so much too! Part of me wishes the song was longer due to how captivated I was before it ended. I could almost hear it continuing, developing, improving further, and yet this thing is nearly perfect to my ears in every way. I love when artists experiment and come up with something completely different and wondrous. Now if only Morphic Resonance had a track at this level of tempo, engagement, and strength in place of his Mindwarp (track 7) via the otherwise excellent City of Moons album. This song's gentle approach oozes with strength. Love is the answer. It is multi-dimensional. Increase your vibration. Stay elevated! A 7. Thee Audssey [Continues] [The Faithealers Remix] is one heck of a closing number. It begins with what I'd describe as cinematic ambient -- the developed (with other elements) kind that I LOVE throughout this album. The song has "feels" too; it's inspirational, motivational, contemplative, and determined like a character setting off on a journey full of great discovery, magic, adventure, love, etc. Soft hymns and vocals accent the first act before the beat arrives at 2:23. Here, delectable synths lock braids as a wave of cold atmosphere soaks in. One of the first delicious segments arrives at 3:38. We get some experimental vocals towards the end of the fourth minute. They're OK. Really though, it's the synths at 5:09 that elevate the second act along with the heartfelt layers via 5:54. The kinesthetic "feels" develops into the sixth minute, complimented with tribal-y, harmony, key change(s), and more. Atmospheric and arresting, the last act's transition is far catchier than that of the self-titled track before an exciting passage arrives at 7:56. I love the storytelling aspect here and on the overall album. The emotive element at 8:28 is rich and rewarding. Yet ANOTHER awesome frame enters at 9:08. The song keeps developing and improving with greatness, incorporating many catchy ideas done before but with fresh delivery, and many new ones as well. Heartfelt and engaging, the artist combines beauty and intensity rather seamlessly, producing an experienced and satisfying finale. The Juno Reactor influence appears fairly less here (at times) as well. The result's terrific. I think this artist can take a step away from Juno Reactor (influence wise) as Filteria did (Pleiadian influence wise) with his amazing Daze of our Lives album. In doing so, Filteria's newer, more evolved style blossomed in groundbreaking ways that made me think of no other artist when hearing that album (DoOL) other than Filteria. In other words, this artist is obviously talented, passionate, and experienced enough to lose the JR training wheels (for lack of better words, influence is a better to say) and take his imaginative (less safe) visions to gob-smacking proportions. If you build it, they will come, just like JR did, hey! It's UX after all and what a comeback. I want to thank this artist for such a fantastic, imaginative album. This closing track is A LOT more imaginative and visionary than the opening (catchy but safer comparatively speaking) track led me to believe. This is yet another excellent track that embraces its vision and leaves me often starting the album from the very beginning. And that folks, is the mark of a great album! A- / A CONCLUSION This sounds nothing like old UX and it's AMAZING!!! After 15-20 years I didn't expect this. I love the approach. The album gets better as it progresses. I love the atmosphere, the heart (feels!), It's edgy, dark and mystical (more or less), daring, provocative, mature, and powerful. I love the excitement, mystical and ethnic (worldly) elements, the sound/melody (synth) work, accents, power, etc., etc. This never feels like a generic full on release with exploitative touches of [insert artist name's] former self. For me, the album gets really JUNO-esque starting in Kingdom of Heaven (4:27), but UX influence hybridizing JR's inspiration with what they [UX] brings to the table is superb. I'm so happy that this artist took time to make something special. The work invested really shows. You can tell he didn't take the cheap (generic) Full On route like many former artists who return X years later. INSTEAD we have a beautiful releases worth listening to and recommending. Now don't be discouraged when I say Full On. This is not pure Full On. Nor is Juno Reactor. As with JR, this UX album doesn't fit into one sub-genre of electronic music and yes the Full On influence is stronger here than in Juno but THIS is how it's done while maintaining integrity, the imagination, and expanding/pushing the envelope (not limited to the cookie cutter formulaic approach most albums fall into via Full On). The approach is the opposite of lazy. It grows congruent, more cohesive and enjoyable as the journey deepens. To say something's perfect or not perfect sounds so silly to me as I become more couscous aware. If I were to pick a favorite so far, it'd be High Energy Protons [Deus Ex-Machina Mix] [vs. Juno Reactor]. My GOD I love this song!!!! I love the previous versions too but WOOOOWWWOooooOWWWWWW WHOA.... WOW!!!!!!! I have few constructive criticisms, like the opening song's first half could have been tighter, more mystical and visionary (contextual in that sense) like the other tracks. The album grows more enchanting and exciting (love that) after the rocky path to strength opening. The other songs are so strong (though I find things I like more here and there but the same goes for everything) that it's hard to over analyze. I love the atmospheric and fantasy (sci-fi) elements and hope this talented artist continues in this (that) direction via imagination, vision, etc. Not only does he develop but at times evolves-- he EVOLVES songs!!! Some tracks do this more than others and you'll know when you hear the giant development to the point it's like going through another dimension of sound/creation that compliments (elevates) the vision of the song. The FEELS (!!!) go a long way when the artist innovates on top of his JR influence. This is a SUEPRB release. Ultimate Xperience's highly anticipated Lazarus Rising is a gem and easily one of-- if not the BEST uptempo electronic album of 2016. Post your comments/reviews good or not. This album deserves it. Highly Recommended!!! Favorite tracks - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 (that's all of them and I'm not ashamed to NOT be nit picky when I feel that EVERY song is so MEMORABLE and well done!) 9/10 ... A Stream the full album on YouTube --> https://youtu.be/G7yBBzUnAds Support the artist and label ---> https://neogoarecords.bandcamp.com/album/lazarus-rising
  14. Morphic Resonance - City of Moons Suntrip Records 2016 Tracklist: 1. Psychedelic Hell 2. In The Mouth of Madness 3. The City of Moons 4. Bad Dreamer 5. Chronos 6. Procyon 7. Mindwarp 8. Sun Project - Space Dwarfs (Morphic Resonance Remix) Christian Fernandez of Morphic Resonance finally releases his debut album through Suntrip Records. Remember when Filteria was inspired by Pleiadians? Well it appears that Christian was inspired by Tandu (Multimoods album), Tim Schuldt, UX, Green Nuns of the Revolution, Menis, and more. But for our time now with a distinct style, passion, vision, WOW moments, etc. A super dark, infectious acid-y Goa album with melodies?! Suntrip has attempted this before with various compilation tracks, even an album by a main artist or two. But never like this. So how does City of Moons hold up to the big boys? 1. Psychedelic Hell is atmospherically dark and intriguing. There's no electric guitars thankfully. No voice samples that could hit or miss. The industrial touches are great. This is a SLEEK, raw, edgy, and daring track packed with variation, development, intensity. tempo tweaks, etc. The synths are supported with rich atmosphere; they grow catchier as the vehicle gets sucked deeper down the causeway of darkness. The song is coupled with three strong acts. As soon as you think it's over, a zipping synth shoots out, pushing the insanity further with wilder textures and rhythms. The song evolves and keeps changing. It never feels overstuffed or too in my face. Even the final seconds are gripping, with a dash of horror. This is a magnetic opening track! A 2. In The Mouth of Madness is one of my top favorite tracks on the album. The key notes enhance the mood early on, like a dark ritual. Rather dark Goa with melodies! Great buildup, storytelling, arrangement, direction, synths, and twists and turns make this captivating, unpredictable. The climax roughly a third of the way through is enormous. I'm not bored for a second. Rather I'm hooked, refreshed with every minute. This is how I felt about the best work on Tandu's killer Multimoods album! Even the electric guitars work well here. They're never over used and know when to exit, so their presence is appreciated. Yes! I could go on and on via the mixing, direction, dynamic approach, etc., but I'll save it for your ears. The samples don't do justice to this album. This is one of the best dark Goa songs I've ever heard. Same with the pervious and this is stronger IMO. There's a monster climax in the last third too, just saying, it's pretty amazing! You may want to go listen to that. Love it or not, this is visionary material that feels the opposite of restrained or contained. Amazing! A 3. The City of Moons is comprised of many unexpected, impressive segments. I love that. The song takes off like a rocket. The synth (segment) from 1:52 to 2:18 is fantastic! Same with the transition and the next melody via 2:57. The song grows increasingly aggressive in the third minute before a wave of moody ambient enters via 4:00. So far so good! There's a sweet buildup at 4:21. What sounds like impact effects adds power to the rhythm. The melody at 5:15 is less strong though. Fortunately there's a delicious A lead around it. Nonetheless, something edgier would have been healthier in place of the 5:15 synth that reprises from 5:55 to 6:21. We get a chance to catch our breath thanks to an intriguing space ambient segment. Suddenly, a voice sample enters, followed by intense drums that introduce one of the best parts (6:34) on the track. The intensity. The atmosphere! The section that crosses the seventh minute is stunning! Additionally, the impact effects, whooshing, booms -- whatever cinematic influence the artist is incorporates without ever sounding sound track-y works wonders. The last act further injects the song with energy, touches of dark magic, and infectious layering. Even the voice sample (thankfully kept to a minimum and used selectively) compliments with key changes, etc. The last act never feels overstuffed like Filteria's Food Demons (Demon's Head Rmx). I love how varied, dynamic, eventful, and relentless this song is. Even the eleventh minute is riveting! Aside from a few less stellar melodies (noted above), the majority of this song is exhilarating! Kudos for sustaining my attention for twelve and a half minutes straight. I love when a self-titled track lives up to its name. City of Moons is that song -- a powerful, ambitious, imaginative, exciting, and wildly creative epic 12 minute song. I love it! A 4. Bad Dreamer incorporates a catchy metal effect via 1:00; thankfully it works like an accent, never overstaying its welcome. The juicy synth at 1:25 elevates the act. Another emerges at 2:18 and combines to rhythmic effect. The atmosphere's great too! The melody from 3:24 to 3:36 could've been better but it's not bad. Goa at this level simply makes less extraordinary synths stand out more. On the plus, the synth work from 3:37 to 4:16 is exceptional, followed by eerie atmosphere to boot. The second act continues this sleek and exciting trend. This brings us to the last act. The synths from 6:01 to 6:41 feel just a bit repetitive and safe to me. Supplying something more edgy would have been cool. Suddenly a superb climax ignites at 7:21, correcting the previous less stellar part. The final minutes retain the driving, intergalactic feel with increased energy and composition. The song is fairly predictable (direction wise), but the sleek, exciting synth (melody/sound) work and atmosphere go a long way to making this consistently great. Even the transitions between them are superb for the most part. They give us time to breath while simutaneously hooking us. Bad Dreamer is a sleek, melodic, and adrenaline-esque number with no shortage on speed or infectious synth work. It's awesome! A- / A 5. Chronos begins strong, as if (at 0:13) a special event is unfolding in our consciousness. The brief opening is emotionally riveting and has FEELS -- something I'd love to hear more of (at times) in this album. At 0:52, the artist establishes "attitude" with a zippy, infectious synth. This attitude-esque segment coupled with a noteworthy beat, ambient, and atmosphere (0:52 to 2:47) is exceptional and develops beautifully. That is, until 2:48. From 2:48 until 3:14, the more zippy and edgy (I'm calling attitude) approach is lost due to a repeating dinging synth that takes me out of the hard-edged and raw, exciting feel that the artist so flawlessly captured beforehand. It's not bad but kind of dismal, comparatively speaking, a fairly weak patch. The song returns to healthy, now refreshed (new moves aka synths) topical terrain from 3:15 to 3:27. We enter an intriguing, atmospheric interlude that the artist takes advantage of. When we release back into hyperdrive at 4:20, the attitude returns, delicious. The second act is super from from 4:47 to 5:37. Unfortunately, at 5:50, we hit yet another less stellar (by comparison) patch due to a growingly repetitive synth. This part isn't bad. But it's not nearly as catchy as the more complex, rich, and sleek feel beforehand. That's two noticeably weaker (by comparison) segments so far to an otherwise strong track. We reach a final interlude from roughly 6:42 to 7:07. The sweet buildup releases us back into cosmic bewilderment at 7:20. It's great. Actually, the last act is beautifully designed, and returns us to the intergalactic feel I love so much on this track (when it's keeping things tight!) and overall album. The finale is excellent, a climactic burst of cosmic excitement and intervention. The song's few noticeably weaker patches (mentioned above) are unfortunate considering how great everything else is. Chronos could have used a little more refining in that regard. Otherwise, the song is satisfying as a near whole and showcases some amazing work. A- 6. Procyon is unique! It's atmospheric and has a rolling baseline and rhythm that drives the song, making the melodies feel less in my face (that works great in this song). The synths feel present to the forefront too which is nice. The song took a while to grow on me, and although I'm not blown away, I really like this one for being strong and different. The first act didn't do much for me, but I like where it went, progressing into something more congruent and catchy, special. The brief escalation of sound via 2:45 is fun. I enjoyed how the energy returned with more developmental emphasis (and atmosphere) via 3:50 forward. From there I felt locked in, hooked. The song's approach is fairly simple, yet effective and tastefully done. The artist doesn't disappoint one iota from once things get going (the second act) forward. Even the in-between moments where less layers take place garnish interest, healthy treatment. The last act is fun, more climactic, psychedelic, and flavorful! This is a catchy, creative, and unique little gem. A- 7. Mindwarp is my least favorite track on the album. Actually it's not a favorite at all. I don't like it. I do like the synth work from 1:20 to 2:00. Could the artist not continue the song in that unique strand? What follows after the first two minutes is just not very interesting, and grows repetitive and/or lackluster. I keep wanting, hoping that the twangy 1:21 feel of the song will return with new moves, arrangement, etc., but that direction is gone. In its place is a generic metal clang effect that arrives at 2:40 and soon grows repetitive too. Is there anything I like past the opening two minutes? Well the synths at 4:13, 5:06, and a tribally bit at 5:55 is okay. Okay?! On an album as stunning as this?! Yeah. They help recoup some of the losses here. Unfortunately, the last act never goes anywhere interesting. Previously mentioned pluses never amount to a satisfying, full-filling whole like all other songs on this beautiful (ambitiously designed!) album. In the end I feel misled from Mindwarp's unique opening. The song isn't bad, but this album's too good for it, and so it [the overall song] sticks out like a sore thumb. Actually, compared to the other tracks, I don't know how this made it to the album's final version. I feel like the artist is trying at times to improve things. I wish he let go of his loss in that regard and allowed heart and inspiration to build a stronger vehicle in place of it. This artist is so talented! *sigh* Oh well. Live and learn. Disappointing track. C+ / B- 8. Sun Project - Space Dwarfs (Morphic Resonance Remix) is more Eastern Indian influenced than the other tracks. The guitars early on are great, an often hit-or-miss element to me in Goa. The song engages me from 3:16 forward, when an orgy of high and low synths combine. The arrangement is less strong from 4:12 to 4:34, but the track improves at 4:35 and doesn't look back. I would have liked more risk taking in the first act and the overall song. The second and third act are great. 6:07 showcases healthier arrangement and the last act is tight. I enjoy the more uplifting feel when combined with the edgier, more driving and psychedelic via third minute forward. There's even a light in the darkness via 7:30 which is nice. The artist's influence is showcased best in the second and third act, thanks to some very catchy synth work. All in all, this is very good closing number, and I'm interested to hear a down or mid-tempo closing song by the artist on a main album one day. Great remix! A- Conclusion City of Moons is an amazing album. I feel like its been years since I said that. This is the most impressed I've been with an album in years. The more organic (analog?) approach is nostalgic and refreshing. The album rivals the artist's previous work while offering us one of the best Goa albums in years. The atmospherically dark, edgy, melodic approach is phenomenal. The synth work is FANTASTIC. The artist's passion shows. He has vision, imagination and isn't afraid to take risks, giving us something RAW, INFECTIOUS, ACIDY, and EXCITING. For an album so dynamic and tight though, I was surprised to find several segments of weakness, repetition, etc. In Chronos for instance, the first 2:48 minutes are great. The last act is terrific too and even parts of the middle. There were just a few moments where a less stellar synth entered before the song corrected back to intergalactic sleek/edgy captivating greatness. And I think thes weaker parts are more noticeable because of how strong everything else is. My biggest complaint though is Mindwarp, a song that starts out promising before falling into a lack of ingenuity. The song isn't terrible, but this album is too strong for it. I would have nixed the Mindwarp track (no offense!) and replaced it with an A track. Also, I'd love to hear more memorable melodies (tunes!) that compliment the song and get stuck in my head as Pleiadians, Filteria, Hallucinogen, etc., did, but in the style and vision of Morphic Resonance and only if it works with the song. That's not to say the album has an insane amount of catchy synth work, atmosphere, etc. Also I'll be the first to point out that the album's second half, while excellent, is a little less strong than the first half. Yet it contains some of the album's best work. Please consider these constructive criticisms to help elevate the next album to unimaginably fantastic levels. That you can . The album never reminds me of Pleiadians thankfully and sounds like its own release. Thinking back, this may be the best DARK GOA album I've heard since the 90's, since Tandu's Multimoods. I love how the album remains sleek, edgy, intergalactic, and dynamic, never falling into Middle Eastern/Indian vibes while sculpturing its dark metropolis (the first six tracks). Even the Space Dwarfs Remix that does incorporate said vibes (to some degree, at least earlier on) is great, occurring after the more homogenous self-titled vision. All in all, I imagine the next album will be even stronger. Few flaws and one weak (or less strong) track and a few weak patches in few other songs (listed above) aside, City of Moons is a rocket, a superb album with those few exceptions aside. Oh, and looking back at this thread, this artist is not the new Pleiadians. He is the new Morphic Resonance! Update - I wanted to give this album an A due to all of the impressive work, but I ran into a few issues and one major issue (track) one. This is such a fun, exciting release. I enjoy it more than any album I bought from Suntrip Records since Filteria's DoOL!!! It's easily one of their best (one of the best GOA) releases of all time IMO. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! Favorite tracks - 1(!), 2 (!!), 3 (!!!), 4(!), 5, 6 (!), 8 (!) A-
  15. I am hearing this album for the FIRST time in 2016 !!! It's an interesting release. Those who expected a GOA sound back in the day were sure to be disappointed, and likely missed everything the artist was going for (and achieved). Those who like X-Dream's Radio and The Delta (minus the too heavy bass lines in The Delta IMO) should check this out. It's a unique take on atmospheric psytrance, and probably great for dancing. The eerie, dark tone is intriguing and ominous, like a ghost train somewhat said. Well put. Some tracks can be perceived as fairly repetitive at times, but the powerful rhythms are unique and catchy. And NO I don't find the album that repetitive. It's all a matter of perspective I suppose. There is generally much change and rhythm throughout the songs, and a few twisty/warped ones and moments that will likely arrest your attention. As with any album, one finds his/her favorites. Of course the album's not for everyone. It's NOT melodic. NOT Goa. NOT emotive (for the most part). I think that was the misperception for some when it first released on this thread via psynews that was called goatrance (dot something) at the time back around 2000. I like the album. It's different. But being drawn towards melodies, I enjoy the album in smaller doses. That's my biasness It's creative and unique. Give it a chance! Stream it here: https://youtu.be/NbvfkUUaHJw
  16. This is rare dark, melodic, psychedelic Goa-Trance! So refreshing, powerful, imaginative, dynamic, infectious, and gripping. Certain tracks have a cinematic edge without ever sounding star-trek-y. , I love the emotive (without ever being cheesy) ambient notes, the atmosphere, and too many other elements to list here. I feel like the artist considered all feedback and criticism both public and private from passionate/inspired sources before producing this. Each track is distinct, varied, and cutting edge sounding. We have a handful of SUPER SONGS here around several GREAT ONES. This will be hard to top this year. It's easily the best GOA release of 2016 to date. I haven't heard an album this relentless since Sky Input (2004). Think Chromatic World 2.0 Morphic Resonance Upgraded Suntrip has NEVER released an album like this before, until now -- and it's fantastic. Well done Morphic Resonance and Suntrip Records for releasing this super gem. Get we get a review thread up please. Someone? Favorite tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 A ?
  17. Very underrated artist. I was JUST listening to his Awakening album the other night for the first time in 5-7 years and came across this thread today! Synchronicities are really increasing.
  18. I was 17. I'll never forget it. I was at the New York Film Academy in the summer of '98. I thought I was "cool" with my Prodigy - Music For the Jilted Generation techno album. One of my roommates guided me to his CD collection (my first exposure to Goa-Trance) and told me to check 'em out. I pulled out V/A - The Future Sound of America with artists: Astral Projection, Hallucinogen, Transwave, Miranda, Man With No Name, etc., pressed play and completely ompletely FELL IN LOVE . The first track was Astral Projection's KABALAH which I ADORED. Same with Transwave's Land of Freedom and numerous others. I was BLOWN AWAY. I had never heard electronic music so complex, creative, and infectious (I NEVER used the word "infectious" to describe a song before Goa music). Anyway, there I was thinking I was hot shit with my techno collection, as if I was at the top of my game. All along my ceiling was my roomate's floor. Man what an egotistical little self-absorbed boy I was. So unaware. My ego melted and my heart grew. From that event, I ended up getting rid of 500-1000 CD's, almost every electronic album I owned. Of course I enjoy many genres of music like most of you. Goa isn't my life. But it completely changed my life and inspired me in ways that I will always appreciate and be thankful for. BTW I'm 35 now. Great topic BTW. HA! One year apart!
  19. Urgent. I thought you were in trouble, like your car broke down. Or you needed to sell some CD's quick to save a deal. I was thinking, dude.. I likely live in another country, let alone state. I'll send you prayers though. As always, hope you find what you're looking for.
  20. Hey all. Sorry I missed the 2015 poll. I got tied up on "set" Jan-March. I wanted to congratulate the artists above. I didn't hear many comps or downtempo albums in 2015. So I have much catching up to do. I was very impressed with a handful of uptempo songs, artists, and albums in 2015. Some I'd describe as MAGICAL. It's an honor to hear music so beautiful, exciting, inspiring, opening, and imaginative/unique. I wanted to include some below since it's too late to vote. Thank you everyone who contributed to expanding what's possible, and to whoever took the time to add post the results. Artist/Album: V/A's The World Beyond Song: The Gate ---> and several others! Comments: Quite possibly the most impressive Goa song I heard in 2015. Don't let the album's slow 15-20 minute ambient opening dissuade you from experiencing this album. Of its four tracks, The Gate being the third -- the second and forth track are great too. Part of the 4th is just but The Gate nails it 99% of the time. Artist: Lunar Dawn Album: Kolovrat Songs: Blessings From Irji, Golden Arms of Kresnik, Into Morana's Cold Kingdom (feat Jasmina) ---> and several others. Comments: This is the most beautiful Earth/tribal/ethnic-inspired Goa album I've heard since Khetzal's Corolla (2005). Blessings From Irji and The Gate are my top two favorite Goa songs of 2015. A few songs are better than others, sure, but what a fantastic release! Compilation: Aurora Sidera Artist: Nebula Meltdown ---> and several others! Song: Deep Space Introspection ---> and several others. Comments: Suntrip's best compilation since V/A's - Temple of Chaos IMO. EVERY song on this compilation is healthy and strong. There's magical elements here and there and a few super songs too. Artist: Chronos Album: Technologia Song: Solar Movement (Paleolithic Edit) Comments: Seems like many overlooked this album! Artist: Asia 2001 Album: Psykadelia (Re-Mastered / Re-Release) Song: Nearly All Comments: One of the best re-releases of a super album in Goa-Trance! Artist: Pleiadians Album: I.F.O. 3CD Re-Issue, Re-Mastered + Live Set (Remixes) + Rare EP's & Comp Singles + Unreleased Bonus Track(s) ?! Songs: Nearly All Comments: DAT Records' best release yet is also one of the greatest albums of all time, and it just got upgraded. Well done! It has now! ---> Pleiadians - I.F.O. (Identified Flying Object) 3CD
  21. The review thread for this masterpiece is finally up! Link: https://www.psynews.org/forums/topic/71889-pleiadians-ifo-identified-flying-object-3cd/
  22. Pleiadians - I.F.O. Identified Flying Object (3CD) Re-Mastered, w/ Live Set Mix (Remixes), EP + Comp Singles & Bonus Tracks DAT Records CD 1 - Pleiadians – I.F.O. Live 1. Pleiadians - Intro 2. Pleiadians - Merope 3. Pleiadians - Alcyone 4. Pleiadians - Asterope 5. Pleiadians - Maia 6. Pleiadians - Electra 7. Pleiadians - Taygeta Bonus Track: 8. Etnica - Vimana (Pleiadians Live Mix) CD 2 - Pleiadians – I.F.O. Re-Mastered 1. Pleiadians - Maia 2. Pleiadians - Taygeta 3. Pleiadians - Merope 4. Pleiadians - Alcyone 5. Pleiadians - Electra 6. Pleiadians - Asterope 7. Pleiadians - Celaeno Bonus Track 8. Pleiadians - Time Dilation (Original Mix) CD 3 - Pleiadians – Vinyl Tracks / Singles 1. Pleiadians – The Pleiadians 2. Pleiadians – Boarding Pass To Balangan 3. Pleiadians – Cyberland 4. Pleiadians – Sonic System 5. Pleiadians – Analogue Step 6. Pleiadians – Jungle Track 7. Pleiadians – Zeta Reticuli (Full Mix) 8. Pleiadians – Deep Frequencies DAT Records have Re-Issued, carefully Re-Mastered, and Re-Released what many consider to be the greatest, if not one of the greatest albums in Goa-Trance. In addition to the improved debut, this 3 CD includes live mix (remixes) of the super songs on I.F.O., as well as their rare Vinyl (EP and Compilation) singles produced between 1995 and 1997. Inside is a 12 page booklet featuring the history of the Pleiadians project, how the music was composed, refined, and remixed along with cool artwork and photos, etc. The re-issue is AMAZING. It is easily the best re-release in the Goa-Trance IMO, a milestone in complexity, sound/melody work, mixing/programming, and direction. I never heard roughly 10-12 tracks here (mainly remixes plus some singles). So I'm reviewing many of these for the first time. One of the coolest things for the record, is that the live mixes aren't just live versions of the song's we've heard. They are freekin remixes!!!! CD 1 - PLEIADIANS – I.F.O. LIVE SET 1. Intro (lets jump to the main tracks) 2. Merope (Live Remix) now has a powerful, complimentary introduction unlike the version on the debut and it's fantastic. The extended introduction here adds more depth to the song, and the intergalactic feel of the album. The echoed booms are great, and the famous ingredients now co-exist with more dynamic elements due to improvements made to the original. Hearing this changes my impression dramatically. The artists had time to reflect and re-imagine the song in some ways. The second act adds more energy, supporting synths, and atmosphere, providing the song with a cinematic edge at times while never sounding pretentious. As I listen to both versions back-to-back, I notice huge differences, creative re-aproaaches, and improvements. The live mix (remix) sounds less rough, and yet the melodies sound more juicy, with better production. The atmosphere is pretty surreal too. I'm pretty speechless. You may prefer the original or vice-versa. Either way, this remix offers a fresh angle to Merope. The song offers so much that adds perspective and variety to the original, while appearing just as fluid, congruent, and arresting. Furthermore, its duration is 12:36; I wasn't bored for a second. Excellent remix. A 3. Alcyone (Live Remix) is like a re-imagining in some ways. Beloved ideas exist along with new modifications and ingenuity. Where have all these tracks been hiding all these years?! The first act is elaborately kinetic. Gripping layers make haste towards the electric world of stronger connectivity and synergy. The first peek at 3:57 is exceptional. This follows a sweet, little non-maximal segment that's surprisingly refreshing before the strong 5:20 band arrives. As with its twin part, this remix doesn't disappoint. Even in its final act, the artists find new ways to change up what we've heard. This is one of the best remixes on CD1. I'm impressed. The production sounds as good, if not better than the original, and a bit more refined in some ways. Already I can see some liking this more than the original and vice-versa. They're both strong tracks. Listen and decide for yourself. Whatever you think, comment below. I love the original Alcyone so anything close for me is an accomplishment. Excellent remix. A 4. Asterope (Live Remix) is also different in some ways from the original. It begins with a sample via F.O.L. I don't think it's necessary, but it's early on, so I don't think it distracts much from the intergalactic feel. the first act sounds nature-oriented via birds chirping, etc. It's different, though somewhat atypical of Asterope. 1:06 sees the return of a familiar melody. Gradually we're taking to more cosmic waters. 2:13 introduces the next part of familiarity, but I'm not a fan of this frequency (pitch?) change. It just seems too thin and over-cluttered to my ears. Fortunately, the one at 2:41 works well. The main melody arrives 3:20. Its arrangement sounds great. Again, it's simply that synth bundle mentioned above that reduces the signature lead's power and effect to some degree. On the plus side, the drums that enter at 3:50 are great, and really enhance this version. The interlude involves warmer, more balanced sounds, and is coupled with an engaging synth at 5:08. The middle act is very nice. The returning synths at 6:29 (from 2:13) are my main gripe. Fortunately the song doesn't end there. The returning drums in the seventh minute work well, and at 7:35, a very impressive take on the finale begins., i.e., a delicacy of complexity supported with a lower pitched melody. I love that the artists made remixes of the songs on I.F.O. These songs are so interesting to hear, even if my favorite song on I.F.O. (Asterope) is unfortunately my least favorite of the live mix (remixes). But that's my opinion. What do you guys think? Cool remix. A- 5. Maia (Live Remix) has more soundscape, drums, and textures than the original. The first act is lush and warm, and reminds me of the original. Early on work that stands out includes 2:52 (!) and 4:01 (!), though around that, it's all pretty interesting and engaging. Some very nice frequency changes in the forth (middle act) further distinguish this version from the original, making it more psychedelic and kinetic. The scenery keeps changing, engaging us with each new section of development just like the original. The result is a fluid, imaginative, and beautifully mixed version with greater textures, twang (to certain synths or new ones entirely) and crunch, whereas the original was more elegant, sexy, and harmonious. This remix sports three excellent acts too and some amazing work. The live mix (remix) sounds inspired in a good way, different for sure. This isn't trying to replicate the original, though it retains classic elements. There's moments that remind us of the original (sometime seem verbatim) while generating much that's new to our ears. As with the live mixes of Ayclone and Merope, Maia's live mix walks a fine line between remix and re-imagining. It took some pretty big kahunas for anyone to attempt a remix to Maia (let alone any track on I.F.O.), but they pulled it off, and while the original will always be my favorite, this live mix (remix) is a gem. A 6. Electra (Live Remix) is another critically acclaimed, fan favorite from the debut. I'll get my nitpick out of the way, and that's the opening voice sample, "Is there a moon..." which reminds me of Family of Light (album). Past that, this live mix of Electra sounds close to the roughness and intensity of its sibling, twin sister. The song has just as much drive and liquid touches; the latter that bounce around at 3:25 before a familiar effect emerges from the self-titled song, Family of Light. The less maximal parts via 4:10 (among others) sound great, as well as the fresh evolutions via 4:15. I love the evolved section in the middle third and finale. The only thing I care less for is the occasional F.O.L.-esque samples. The song IMO feels more intergalactic and otherworldly without them. Reminding me of Earth associations here take away from me fully feeling free in the music. For dancing, the samples may work wonders. To be honest, a few shorter ones here sound pretty cool actually. Musically speaking, the essence and delivery of Electra is strong and intact, i.e., the light, the dark, impressive synths, wicked intensity, twists and turns, climaxes, etc. Prepare for a tasty treat at 8:12 too. Another excellent remix. A- 7. Taygeta (Live Remix) begins with a mixture of sound. The original has been criticized for its reoccurring "whirling" sound that some found distracting from the more adventurous music. Some have said Taygeta and/or Merope are the less strong uptempo tracks on I.F.O. Funny considering a less strong track on I.F.O. blows away most songs in the genre. That said, I was impressed to discover that the live mix (remix) of Taygeta here REMOVED the "whirling" sounds. This may seem like it's finally the nearly perfected song we never thought we'd hear two-dacades later, and in some ways it is -- nearly. When its first main synth arrives at 0:56, notice what doesn't? The song feels more immersive to me without those "whirling" sounds. Production sounds better too, more fleshed out. The song now breathes more deeply and is accompanied with dynamic tweaks, crunchy textures, and other [more psychedelic] ingredients. One of my very few nitpicks is that -- comparatively speaking, the main melody at 0:56 is less twangy than the original. It's still the same arrangement, and the leads in general sound more integrated and smooth. Also, with the "whirling" sounds gone, I notice that other effects have been added. I'm not sure how necessary some of them are. There is a bit more that I prefer to the original and vice-versa too, but I'll let you hear for yourself. This is a mature upgrade in my opinion. Maybe you always loved Taygeta, or you loved the song minus the "whirling" sounds. I personally found the original GREAT with exception to the "whirling" sounds that are now gone. Finally! Strong remix. A- Bonus Track: 8. Etnica - Vimana (Pleiadians Live Mix) is the eighth track on this 3 CD package that I never heard before until now. I suppose they never remixed Celaeno due to it not being uptempo. Poor thing. Reminds me of Pluto. Never getting the full appreciation it deserves. Many have heard Vimana, located on Etnica's Plastic EP (1996). I've heard several versions (still can't find the super skipping lead melody one online). Needless to say, I've been impressed with all versions. Vimana is one of Etnica's best, most famous songs. Some consider it to be Etnicas' best track. So again, the bar is high. I really like the opening sample regarding since the beginning, aliens "...have been visiting our planet and genetically altering the development of our DNA" (according to numerous scholars including famous researcher/author, Zecharia Stichin, the Sumerians preserved these higher truths on their tablets via their written language). But I digress. The first two minutes of the song prepare us for the infection to come. The artists are nice enough to give us a taste at 3:08. After a catchy voice sample (works well here!), that infection arrives in the form-less music of some of the best synth work I've ever heard. The delivery is so smooth, delectably blended, and satisfying. This is a total nighttime track, coupled with mood, adrenaline, and sound/melody work that keeps getting better via the fifth minute, the sixth minute (shall we count to ten? ). These artists knew no limits in their prime, upping the "ante". To them, not even the cosmos was the limit, they kept going. The result here? Combine the best of Etnica and Pleiadians, and you have Vimana (Pleiadians Live Mix). It's mature, provocative, and riveting. Both this and the original are wonderful. Stunning remix. A CD 2 - PLEIADIANS – I.F.O. (RE-MASTERED DEBUT) 1. Maia is the classic, cosmic -- with traces of euphoria opening to the intergalactic debut. It really set the theme back in 1997, and helped to redefine cosmic Goa-Trance as previously defined by Astral Projection. These next seven tracks are re-issued verbatim. They have been lightly re-mastered according to the label. I've always loved the sound/melody (synth/arrangement) work in Maia, the touches of euphoria, etc. The song is so fluid, imaginative, engaging, and memorable. The song's storytelling is varied and eventual, coupled with strong leads, seamless transitions, and flawless direction. Maia tells the first chapter in a grand story (space opera), as if evoked and/or channels from the alleged beings in the Pleiadian star system (for real) just beyond Orion, roughly 1300 light years from Earth. After its wonderful introduction and numerous delectable parts, a beautiful main melody arrives, elevating the voyage at 4:47. There is an elegance, a sexiness that Maia expresses with its smooth rhythm, movement, and melodies. The music's return at 5:29 is more crisp than I recall the debut version being (this has to be the re-mastering). There are no samples that distract from the cosmic voyage, just an ever-expanding flow of infectious ingredients and transitional segments (like porthole jumps) to even greater places in the cosmos. The sound selection, sheer creativity, and technical elements to this day impresses me. Maia was so ahead of its time, and is now complimented with carefully "touched up" re-mastering. Beautiful track! A 2. Taygeta was initially my least favorite uptempo song from the debut. The reason was due to those "whirling" sound I always found distracting from the music. The song also lacks an intro and builds from few to many layers off a unique chime sound, beat, and baseline. Fortunately, the blunt opening develops into an infectious ride. Taygeta is harder and more aggressive, whereas Maia was smoother, more elegant. The first lead arrives at 1:00, a catchy, TWANGY, fast-edged synth that is soon joined with a bouncier one (very nice). More acidic layers arrive next to ones more alkaline in that sense, and a collection of well-blended momentum ensues. 3:24 sees the return of the first synth; it compliments the progressing rhythm. The vehicle loses some weight as it approaches its next upgrade, a powerful and relentless lead at 4:03. Enter psy-scape (spinning particles) that create interest between the more intense/layered segments. The relentless wave returns for a second boost before fading, leaving us far from the shores where we began. At 6:02, we see a light; a psy-ambient layer signals new scenery. Jumping into the lush atmosphere is the dynamic "tangy" little lead who came to enhance new changes. In its final act, the song develops greater energy and variety, accumulating sounds. Preparing full speed. Taygeta takes off at 7:32 for the great finale, leaving all sounds unable to keep up in the dust. Taygeta's re-mastering seems clearer, more crisp. See you if notice it. This is a GREAT track that's further touched up thanks to careful re-mastering by DAT Records. A- 3. Merope is rough, intense, and determined, whereas Maia was smooth and elegant; Taygeta was somewhere in-between. Here the leads come fast and hard. 1:42 showcases the first (fantastic!) lead that really carries the vehicle. Another surprise is the key change at 2:36. The supporting sounds are great too. We're given a moment to catch our breath at 3:25 before a buildup that instigates greater complexity and rhythmic synths in the fourth and fifth minute. An effect at 5:55 takes us back into the storm as the artists find new ways to hook us. Merope is like a giant space storm full of fury and debris, and we, the listeners are caught in it. Possibly the only thing Merope lacks is a more memorable final act, though I hesitate to say it needed a climax since Taygeta had that. Merope has climactic energy throughout. Fortunately, the last act is nice, with the arrival of a colorful melody; it [the last act] is simply less masterful in relation to the final acts that surround this track. Merope is an excellent song, and at 19 years old, this is the best version of the original. A- 4. Alcyone is the next chapter in this evolutionary leap in consciousness debut. The opening is drenched in alien goo. Layer after layer are near seamlessly added to the growing ball of energy. A super synth takes over at 1:32. The established sounds shift to support it as new melodies arrive. 2:53 introduces a highly animated lead. It's so in our face and addictive that it nearly bounces off the page (track), and at 3:33, the signature lead enters with great arrangement, carrying the vessel for nearly a minute before unhooking itself. To pick up the baton, a non-maximal (very cool, adds variety!) segment via 4:40 to 5:20 takes us to the next upgrade. Turns out, this next part is an electrifying, a super-charged synth equipped with sharper weaponry (supported psy sounds) until a calm (interlude) where the song's energy re-collects. The energy can't be suppressed for long though. The pressure builds toward combustion, and at 7:20, Alcyone climaxes. This song is one incredible lead after the next, accompanied with infectious supports, engaging segments in-between, absorbing atmosphere, and much more that captivates throughout. Superb track. A 5. Electra is another fan favorite, along with Maia, Ayclone, and Asterope, and its clear why. This thing is like a super-imposed, highly energetic snake just broke out the gate. All hell breaks loose. The brief introduction via psychedelic rattling sound, and the elegant (sexy) synth work at 1:30 works incredibly well. The development grows infectious as the music intensifies. The beat disappears for an interlude around 4:30. Sonic textures fly by as our vehicle reaches new scenery. Worth noting are the sustained, moody notes in the second act that blend together, resulting in a smorgasbord of leads. Dozens of layers fight for supremacy, yet work together towards the greater whole. The result is a revolution of rhythm. Have you ever heard an abrasively beautiful track? Now you have! Electra is daring, full of rough (stylistic) edges, aggression, and energy. This is one of those tracks you show your friends, play at an outdoor dance party or jump off a plane listening to without a parachute. Even in its last two minutes, the song impresses. The climax at 7:34 is wonderful. The re-mastered version sounds more realized, with sounds more fully fleshed out. Electra is an intense, exciting, and infectious ride from beginning to end. This is another superb track. A 6. Asterope is my favorite song from the debut. Those diving/rolling synths enter around 2:15, and are supported with magnetic ones at 2:41. Some artists are fortunate to have one beautiful lead. Asterope has several. Yet THE one that takes the cake here is at 3:07. It's one of the most memorable leads I have ever heard and elevates the song. The journey re-collects energy during a calm moment. New scenery emerges at 5:10 and by 5:36, we're surrounded. This section gets progressively catchier past the sixth minute, until the signature lead returns at 6:30. I love how the main lead is utilized; it reprises like a wonderful chorus. As if Asterope couldn't get better, the song evolves at 7:38 . Here the song's complexity morphs with intricacy. The song is elevated higher, finding a perfect balance and somewhat of an ascensional, absorbing groove. Complimented with atmosphere, warm ambient notes and heart; heart is what I felt was lacking from Electra, which was otherwise intense, dark, and vivid, like a cerebral ice palace. Asterope on the other hand is full of feeling, heart, and cosmic adventure. Gorgeous song! A 7. Celaeno was my least favorite track on the debut. I always felt distant from it, that it was too slow, moody, and robotic for its own good, and not as catchy as the other tracks. I love the few Down-Tempo Goa songs by Pleiadians, i.e., Seven Sisters, Deep Frequencies. For years I alienated myself from Celaeno, seldom giving it a listen, unsure of why the song is composed the way it is. Maybe one day I'll see the light I imagined, since it's a part of I.F.O. The song is unique for sure. Other Pleiadian songs take off early on, but Celaeno gets off to a slow start. My take on Celaeno is this: We're surveying the terrain of an unknown planet (Celaeno) with little to no life. The song begins with a psy-insect synth scouting our position before the entrance of a slow beat and bass line. I always found the first 1-2 minutes dull and plodding, though the two-minute mark is nice. Fortunately, this behemoth grows catchier as it progresses. The song provides a pleasant coming down after such an extraordinary roster of rockets. At 3:03, a stronger synth arrives, lifting the tempo. The strong beat and synth work elevate the solemn mood to confident. The middle acts grows engaging, more evolved; it appears to reflect great change and/or tribulation. Maybe the race was wiped out; their energy traces remain on these desolate lands. We enter a clearing (interlude) at 5:23. The movement slows as we take in the surroundings, exploring the vast, ancient landscape. The sixth minute reveals a change of scenery, or the realization that we need to make haste. I infer this from the tone and buildup at 6:25, and at 6:55, we're off. What happens next can be described as a boss fight in an old, classic NES Metroid game, but through the artistic vision of artists. More to Goa, this section is like a moving painting full of psychedelic images (rhythm) emerging and unraveling, as if the painting is bleeding out textures. It's beautifully composed to the thumping beat, a terrific moment. I simply wish that it lasted longer and developed more, considering how long it took for us to get here. So my gripe is that the catchiest part of the song barely lasts a minute! After 7:44, we slowly descend, returning to the ambient-influenced downtempo similar to the intro, a homogeneous closing. In the end, we are left starring at this massive planet. The vastness of the Universe surrounds us along with the inherent desire to explore further into the great beyond. A- Bonus Track 8. Time Dilation (Original Mix) is a continuation into the vast exploration of the Universe. This is the definitive version of Time Dilation to my knowledge. The introduction is heavenly. Lush ambient merges with harmonious synths, like an ascensional sunset beaming out across the universe, soaking up the higher vibrational energy through every pour of our being. Talk about emotive, engaging intros that aren't cheesy! It's wonderful. Next up the beat, coupled with melodies that blend, enhancing the senses as we move through various states of consciousness via our multi-dimensional Universe (the songs depth and how I'm perceiving its positive approach). At 3:11, the song takes off -- thanks to a beautiful main melody with strong arrangement to boot, and complimented with lush ambient. They provide a heart and feeling to this dynamic (spiritual) vehicle that may or may not relate to ascension, considering our perception to time becomes less relevant as our vibrational frequency increases. Anyway, an exciting, dance-friendly lead breaks out around 7:15, taking us higher. The song is so smooth, with ear-friendly sounds mixed into seamless unity. The old-school work of Pleiadians is marvelous! The vibrationally-raising (positive!) approach here is non-maximal (it doesn't have to be), and it does wonders, magic. Even in its final moments, the artists re-work the arrangement, keeping their high expectations up, and in return us more than satisfied. The ambient-esque closing is wonderfully appropriate. I'm a little jealous, or rather so appreciative that music this catchy can be made. This is a beautiful track with excitement and heart. I really love it, these artists contribution to music and their agreement with DAT Records to release these tracks. Thank you so much. This is a gorgeous track full of love, inspiration, and vision. Well done! A CD 3 - PLEIADIANS – VINYL TRACKS / SINGLES 1. The Pleiadians is fast and energetic. It grows increasingly psychedelic, like a band-wave being adjusted in hyper space. A foundation of synths are built, but it's the lower pitched one at 1:40 that grabs my attention. It's soon accompanied with a second one at 2:05, and the rhythm grows catchier. We're given a moment to catch our breathe at 3:50. Being halfway through, there's not much in terms of evolution or memorable leads. After a brief interlude ends at 4:10, a new melody enters arrives with nice development. Also returning is the lower pitched tune supported with numerous sounds. This segment is pretty good! But it's not until the song evolves in its final act via 5:11 that I feel like more fulfilled. The climax at 5:11 is exciting and refreshes the song's impression, thanks to spontaneous sound/melody work, new arrangement, and variety. Initially I felt like this song was too thin (speed over substance) via one trick pony. Now I see it like a missile gone astray, collecting energy along its trajectory until exploding in an attractive display of melodic bliss mayhem. The song is a unique, fun burst of energy that nicely leads up to the more substantial, ambitious numbers. A- 2. Boarding Pass To Balangan has more variety, texture, and range than the previous song. There's more for me to sink my teeth into here, substance wise. It seems to tell a story whereas the previous felt thin on plot, with style over substance. The sound selection here is very nice, and showcases more of an exploratory element over the previous zippy energy pill. The slower approach is pretty atypical of Pleiadians. It develops gradually at near-mid tempo, reflecting thought and contemplation. An uplifting segment at 3:53 provides some light to the darkness. Also interesting is the emotive arc. The song is very downbeat, mood wise. There are some nice atmospheric elements, crunchy sounds, and textures. At times I'm reminded just a little of Celaeno, though this sounds completely different; I find it more accessible. I like how it remains consistent in tone, never breaking out. The song is not really eventful; rather the event is the ride and vice-versa. Boarding Pass is solid and moody, a brief excursion to the mysterious, fairly darker channels of space. Many Pleiadian songs walk a fine line between light and dark, utilizing both energies via duality in addition to spiritual/Universal discovery and higher consciousness. But not this. No. This could be perceived as a train ride to the intergalactic dead zone. A- 3. Cyberland begins with a very catchy, unique, metallic synth. It sounds as if vibrations or water droplets are bouncing off metallic objects. Each one was (in theory) then altered, echoed, and meticulously selected for arrangement. Welcome to the first layer. This creative material-esque synth is soon joined with a more synthetic one at 0:14 before the beat arrives. A catchier synth arrives at 0:41, and yet another at 0:55. Meanwhile, those echoed, metallic droplets bounce across the ears, producing an intricate, bubbling fusion to the growing stew. The current result is an intelligent, detailed, and articulative rhythm that's as unique as it is engaging. Next up is an ambient-esque interlude, a wave of immersive calm followed by an exciting buildup beginning at 3:42. I really like this part, especially the increased tempo and release at 4:09 (my favorite part of the song that will later reprise) via a climactic lead takes the music to new levels. The forth and fifth minute are terrific, showcasing new work and a return to climax. The metallic sounds return like accents to compliment. The song began like a computer quickly arranging metallic fibers before blossoming into an complex, self-aware, and rewarding, fun dance number. Also note-worthy is the arrangement in the seventh minute. My only nitpick is that the song seems to take off in its last fifteen seconds. So it ends a little abrupt, though efficiently. Excellent track. A 4. Sonic System has an interesting, grinding sound that much of the song is built around. Similar in concept to Cyberland, though approached differently, is the concept of mixing metallic synths with smoother ones. Pretty cool rhythms ensue, though I find healthier sound variety in the previous track. Initially I didn't like this song. I thought it recycled its ideas too much, was fairly repetitive and similar sounding. If I focused on the song too much, I found its general sound began to wear, even grate on me. Yet other times, doing activity without my direct attention, the song seems catchier than ever. It's interesting how our brains work, our preferences to sound, taste, etc. The song's synth-heavy approach can be pretty trance-inducing, or zone setting. Whereas the previous song was more articulative and intellectual, Sonic System's power seems to work in more subtle ways. I like the warmer synth at the 2:00 that reprises at 4:45. For me, the song felt too mechanical without its presence which adds balance. My issue is that the second half, to some degree sounds similar to the first half. The song develops, but not with a whole lot of evolution (unexplored terrain). The final act has some nice changes, adding variety. I'm still not quite sure what I think of this one, but I'll let it further grow. B+ / A- 5. Analogue Step is simpler than what I'm used to from Pleiadians. The synth that becomes more noticeable by 0:25 grows catch in addition to one at 1:09. They integrate well before being swapped out for new sounds. A nice, groovy rhythm is formed by the third minute. The less layered, more minimalistic (for Pleiadians) approach works, though the song seems a bit simplistic in its second act. I don't think the sound effect at 4:20 was necessary. Same with its return in the end via 5:27 to 5:45. This effect is a little distracting and doesn't blend well with the other sounds. Fortunately as it finishes its bars at 4:27, the song plateaus in a burst of energy. It's catchy and the best part of the track. One perspective with the song overall is not a whole lot happens. The approach is fairly tame and uneventful, maybe a bit too simple for its own good coming from Pleiadians. Another perspective is that it's interesting to hear different approaches to their style. The LESS ambitious/complex/layered approach allows listeners an easygoing break around the more involved songs. Sometimes I really like this song. Other times I find it lacking in some ways. Just don't focus on it too hard. Some tracks are meant to explore, and this seems designed to kick back and/or dance too, even if some may consider this a rare example of Pleiadian-lite. The song lacks "wow" factors, but offers something different and remains pretty solid for the most part throughout. B+ 6. Jungle Trax is a fun, danceable number. A catchy voice samples enters at 0:42, beginning a forefront for more energetic, dance-friendly ground. An exciting lead arrives at 2:00, complimented by a lower pitched synth that provides balance to the growing craziness. The song breaks out in the second act, upped by intensity and climax. There's some gripping sounds to boot too. The fifth minute sees the most engaging work yet. The overall song is coupled with minor transitions to bigger, more energetic, dance-friendly segments. It's no wonder Jungle Trax is a fan favorite of their singles. There's a touch of Eastern/Indian melodies in the last act. It works nicely considering the song isn't going for the intergalactic approach. The synth work just keeps getting better and better thanks to a well crafted vision that comes to fruition in the final act. This is a total outdoor forest party, dance track. It knows what it is and it knows the crowd wants. The ending lifts into all-out climax, incorporating key changes, and an terrific effect akin to ascension. When compared to I.F.O. or the remixes, Jungle Trax may seem fairly simple. For a stand alone track however, it's great. The song is filled with strong ideas and delivery. Most of all, it's fun! A 7. Zeta Reticuli (Full Mix) is in actuality a wide binary star system close to the Pleiadian and Orion star systems. It is also home of the Alien Grays most associated with abductions according to many claims who recalled trauma or whose subconscious remembered in hypnosis therapy. It seems that the artists incorporated the concept of hostile and/or projecting fear forces via atmosphere to set the tone. The song wobbles and shakes with volatile energy. There is a really nice buildup/climax in the third minute. But its the dark under-current tone that adds to the intrigue, character. Chock full of smart delivery, tempo changes, and a dark vibe, Zeta Reticuli is also among the fan favorites. It takes risks that often pay off, peeking in the seventh and eighth minute where additional its gears shift. The seems dance-friendly too. The only part I feel mixed about is the melody at 9:48 that sounds almost circus-like, too cute to be in the song. Was its purpose to make us feel like we're being toyed with by darker forces? I'm not sure. I imagine its part serves a purpose to the story. The good news is that it's rarely used and doesn't hurt the song, though it doesn't seem to compliment it. Zeta Reticuli (Full Mix) is another great track that resides on the darker side throughout. A 8. Deep Frequencies is like a planet being sculptured, articulately designed in the hands of its creator to the point life begins to grow. The song grows increasingly more infectious and dynamic, from skipping hymns drenched in ethereal atmosphere, to progressions in the melody/sound department that beautifully construct a world, possibly a star system, maybe even a Universe. The increase in energy at 6:42 is excellent. The song gets more moody and personalistic (with a spunky little attitude) at 9:40 too. At nearly fifteen minutes long, I'm not bored for a second. Naturally, one needs to be in the right mood for deeper, more contemplative, home-listening tracks. The artists continually come up with little nuances, new alterations, melodies, sound techniques, and arrangement to take us deeper, further hypnotizing our senses, and detaching us from our everyday distractions. I really like this song, and at times I want it to keep going for twenty, thirty-plus minutes. It can be pretty zone setting in the right mood. Deep Frequencies is a wonderful, exploratory track for home listening. Put in your earbuds or headphones, shut off the lights, take a deep breath, let go, and immerse yourself. The song is creative, intriguing, and engaging, and an appropriately strong ending. A CONCLUSION I.F.O. deserves an award for imagination, complexity, programming, mixing, and sound/melody (synth) work. This is one of the few albums that really raised the bar in electronic music, Psychedelic Goa-Trance. It defines intergalactic Goa-Trance. Many scholars consider I.F.O. to be the magnum opus of the genre, though you'll occasionally hear a few others mentioned, i.e., Hallucinogen's Twisted, Astral Projection's Trust In Trance, etc. All superb albums of course. I.F.O. is the only one I'd describe as labyrinthine. Of all the albums in electronic music, I have returned to I.F.O. the most. Maia, Alcyone, Electra, and Asterope are some of the most engaging songs I've ever heard, with Taygeta and Merope not being far behind. Thanks to the re-mastered version, live mix (remixes), singles, and bonus tracks, the replay value and lasting appeal for this release is through the roof. All three albums are packed with superb, phenomenal work. Once in a while you hear a less superb track and then you're blown away (or likely impressed) for 3-5 more songs in a row. Virtually every track is a world in itself, showcasing amazing craftsmanship and attention to detail, articulation, innovation, and infectious appeal. I wouldn't be surprised if much of I.F.O. was channeled by the real Pleiadians to Carlos when he supposedly (somehow with a broken arm according to the inside booklet) created most of the album in a month. There's more in the booklet but I won't spoil it all. I initially thought an album of I.F.O.'s complexity took 1-2 years, so however this came to be in such short time is stunning (even if ideas were channeled to him, and thus he felt inspired in our conscious Universe according to a growing theory since everything is connected). The remixes of Alcyone and Maia are excellent, followed by Merope, Taygeta, Electra, and Asterope, though the latter is my least favorite of the remixes due to a frequency change made with some of the synths. Nonetheless, it's so interesting to hear new (previously unreleased?!) versions to the super songs on I.F.O. The rare vinyl (EP and Compilation) singles are excellent (some are outstanding!) too. Some are new to my ears. Some took time to grow on me. FYI I find this work to be so much more satisfying, comprehensive, and immersive on a good pair of earbuds or headphones. But it's great to hear when out and about regardless. THANK YOU DAT Records and Pleiadians for your love, commitment, and dedication to making this happen. Special thanks to DAT for the Re-Mastering plus the live mix (remixes), many songs I had never heard. THANK YOU Pleiadians for your amazing contribution to music. Your work encompasses the spirit, love, and energy of its creators, and has taken electronic music to previously uncharted (unknown) levels. Without all of you, this wouldn't have happened. And now more people can experience and appreciate a comprehensive collection via improved versions, the previously unreleased (?!) remixes, etc. How does something so good stay hidden for so many years? *cough* Atlantis. Intra-terrestrial civilizations er.. allegedly . This triple album is a DREAM COME TRUE, the definitive version of what is IMO the greatest album in Goa-Trance, the best electronic [uptempo] album I have ever heard, and it just got upgraded. What more can you ask for?! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED HIGHLIGHTS / FAVOURITES CD 1 - 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 CD 2 - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 CD 3 - 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8 A Orders / Buy Online Shop (Direct Sales) http://www.datrecords.it Discogs Entry https://www.discogs.com/Pleiadians-IFO-Identified-Flying-Object/release/7000604 Bandcamp page for whoever wants to only buy digital http://datrecords.bandcamp.com/album/pleiadians-i-f-o-i-dentified-f-lying-o-bject
  23. BEAUTIFUL RELEASE. Just immerse yourself in the whole experience. It's a real journey filled with love, light, a touch of darkness, and even more magic! Vibrationally raising parts! Thank you for such a strong, emotionally engaging (as it progresses) follow up! You can tell the artist really put his heart, soul, and imagination into it. Stream the FULL ALBUM on YouTube here. https://youtu.be/6t75s05FpJw
  24. I can't believe its been four years since this released! I just heard the Patience For Heaven album tonight for the first time in a while and forgot how much I like the album. That last bonus track is so beautiful too. I've updated my review for it (CD1) above and will update (CD2) later in February. Patience For Heaven is a beautiful album full of light. When I first heard it, I was a little disappointed (around few tracks) compared to the edgier style on the debut. Its grown on me though, and I would love to hear more intergalactic, infectious, and exciting approaches to uptempo Goa songs by this artist.
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