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Artist: Elegy

Title: Akasha EP & Optics EP

Label: Synergetic Records/ Veleno Music

Date: February & April, 2012

 

Optics

1. Optics

2. Circles

3. Invisible Light - Elegy & Slyph

 

Akasha

1. Akasha

2. Infinite Space

 

That's right, your eyes do not decieve you. I picked up 2 Elegy EP's and decided to put them both in one review. This is Italian Daniel Mair (wait, is he Italian? Doesn't sound Italian) and I first became aware of his work via Ektoplazm (like a lot of music) with his Sleeping Giant EP. Smooth melodic progressive is his calling card and he fills it in with great effects. As I mentioned previously he walks the same path as Flegma & Nerso.

 

Akasha

 

Akasha- For those of you who didn't believe drugs grew on trees, I give you the album cover as exhibit A. Akasha from the Sanskrit meaning ether or air. So like, the center of a donut is akasha? You gotta put it in terms I can understand. It's rainy day stormcloud music, not angry but rather pensive. The lead is a soft, singular tone that has a reverberating quality adding to the melancholy. The break is calming with a collection of vocal samples about las drogas, but they aren't intrusive. Good track.

 

Infinite Space- "The universe is expanding. It is a natural question to ask...what is it expanding into?"

 

This is more in the Iono mold with large washes and effects rippling across the windshield. The samples give it a overwhelming space feel. Smooth and dark, just the way he likes it. Another good one.

 

 

Optics

 

Optics- Atmosphere is key with this one. It begins slowly and asks for your trust. As he likes to do, he crafts a dark feeling with effects keeping you in tune. The break is a calming influence with the soft voices of a choir. Now some might think it's a little empty and some might say it all fits into one sonic tapestry.

 

Optics...it's all about how you see things.

 

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Yeah, I'm gonna need a few more of these.

 

 

Circles- "The plants are talking to us...we need to listen."

 

Awesome sample. Awesome. This tracks has a chunky scratchiness to it that is offset by the reverberating lead that echoes of into we shoulda listened. It's dark and speaks of regrettable decisions. We've all been there...

 

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The dark side doesn't mix well with whites. Look at that...I just made a statement about race relations by accident.

 

 

Invisible Light- This one is rather laid back and sleek. It doesn't give you much up front, but it sets the atmosphere with a dark tone. Real secret agent type stuff. Didn't care for the change in tempo, as if felt as if he was following a playbook. He did however come out of it very smoothly switching to 4/4 with a flowing break. So top marks there. Even though it was rather sparse in places, he recovered nicely.

 

 

His style is drifting, melodic progressive trance and that's what you get here. The beat churns on as leads float into space buoyed by thinking mans samples. Solid couple of releases.

 

 

Akasha EP

Beatport

Optics EP

Beatport

 

Mdk

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