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Artist: Nervasystem

Title: Time Travel

Label: Anjuna Records

Date: December, 2013

 

1. Rotating Rama

2. Non Terrestrial Intelligence

3. Interstellar Mutation

4. Juddervision

5. Dimension Expansion

6. Narcosynthesis

7. Cybermat

8. Karmenbozia

 

 

I had a dream last night.

 

 

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Nah, cooler. I was at Pink's (yes that one) wedding trying to console her because her family didn't approve of who she was marrying. I wasn't trying to score (not my type) just trying to be nice. For some reason it was in India cause that's the type of sh*t rich white people do. And somehow I managed to hike there from the Appalachian Trail. In Virginia.

 

 

 

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I know, the trail doesn't even have India as a destination! So anyway, the wedding is over and we have to climb down sheer cliffs to board an elephant that will take us to the ground. My kids are there and just like real life they're fast so I don't see them get on the elephant but I'm on it and we begin to descend. My stomach drops like it would on a roller coaster and he slams into Earth and we disembark. Onto another elephant that will take us to the train home. And I'm sitting next to the mother of an acquaintance from high school who just so happens to be from Goa, India. She tells me that her son wished that we were better friends and that he could play the synthesizers like I could. And in her best New Dehli English said,

 

"That boy always had a love of goa trance."

 

 

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No sh*t. No f*cking way. With that last statement I knew I had to review this album. I haven't had a drink or smoked weed in over a decade and I can only attribute the vivid presentation of this dream to one thing...

 

Meatloaf. That's right, a loaf of meat. To answer your question I will be making the same meatloaf for dinner tonight, I simply must find out if Pink goes through with her nuptials not to mention getting another ride on that elephant. Go figure some people need weed or LSD to open the door to another dimension, mine is available at Wal-Mart for $1.79 a pound.

 

These tunes were written by Mark Dressler & Darren Beale between 1994 and 1996, some of the first tracks they ever recorded. The material was rediscovered when going through some old DAT tapes. Like with the Lucid Flux release there was a regular copy and a limited edition available. They even did posters and T-shirts.

 

 

Rotating Rama is a thumping bit of psychedelic goa trance right out of the gate. Thumping being the operative word. It's very repetitive (and you'll find this throughout the album), but in a hypnotic way. It gathers you up in an old school goa vortex for over 11 minutes. Non Terrestrial Intelligence is a tale of two halves. The first half was ok, but the 2nd is where the lead went nuts and things took off.

 

Sufficiently warmed up? Because from here to the last track it's it's an old school paddling. The bass hums in Interstellar Mutation as the synths snap crackle and pop in a nasty groove. And Juddervision is...well, it's kinda...

 

 

 

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Whew! Like that. Dimension Expansion is another bass driven monster with an absolute squealing lead. Narcosynthesis has a funky wobble and had a darkness that reminded me of Syb Unity Nettwerk. So that's a huge thumbs up. Monster track. Cybermat continues the assault with perhaps the most layered and aggressive track. Forceful. The only track that didn't floor me was Karmenbozia, but not a whole lot can keep up with the last several tracks. I was singing the name of the track for a bit though.

 

 

Without question this is the best release from Anjuna Records. What a treat to get these tracks. This project has always been on the periphery of goa trance for me, but these tracks are extremely good. It's a powerful trip through deep space with screeching leads, bubbly bass, and plenty of darkness. Highly recommended.

 

All it needed was a little meatloaf.

 

 

Anjuna Records

 

Mdk

 

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Yeah, I love it! :wub:

 

The sound is so raw, so primal, even bare-bones at times, but yet it doesn't feel old like some of the CDs released at that time. It's got this tribal, very techno-like attitude, very clean and sharp sounds but at the same time it's varied enough to not be boring - some tracks are more gentle, more melodic with almost typical psy/goa-like arrangements and big climax; while others lean towards relentlessly banging, dark and trancey styles a'la stuff released on Psychic Deli or TIP Records. What you notice at first is that the music is kind of minimalist, very pure, with simple progressions and not a lot of fancy transitions or effects - but then, the more you listen, the more you discover that it's actually the small things that make all the difference: the sounds constantly shift, modulate, develop; the effects are there but are so delicate and cleverly applied, that they create a sound of their own.

 

Prime example would be "Non-terrestrial Intelligence", where cleverly applied, dynamic reverbs and echoes transform the otherwise typical acid line into haunting, unsettling and almost spooky melody in the vein of "Alien Nation" by CoP.

 

There's many more "small" things like that, though:

- the techno bassline and strings in "Rotating Rama",

- hammer-heavy kick and highly resonant main lead in "Interstellar Mutation",

- seizure-inducing urgency of the bassline in "Juddervision",

- dark, sci-fi atmosphere and crazy acid-line of "Dimension Expansion",

- wobbly rhythmic foundation and Prana's "Primal Orbit"-like climax in "Narcosynthesis",

- deep, dense and mysterious acid layering of "Cybermat",

- tribal, vocals driven sound of "Karmenbozia".

 

Do yourself a favor and get this one immediately.

 

5/5

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Yeah, I love it! :wub:

 

The sound is so raw, so primal, even bare-bones at times, but yet it doesn't feel old like some of the CDs released at that time. It's got this tribal, very techno-like attitude, very clean and sharp sounds but at the same time it's varied enough to not be boring - some tracks are more gentle, more melodic with almost typical psy/goa-like arrangements and big climax; while others lean towards relentlessly banging, dark and trancey styles a'la stuff released on Psychic Deli or TIP Records. What you notice at first is that the music is kind of minimalist, very pure, with simple progressions and not a lot of fancy transitions or effects - but then, the more you listen, the more you discover that it's actually the small things that make all the difference: the sounds constantly shift, modulate, develop; the effects are there but are so delicate and cleverly applied, that they create a sound of their own.

 

Prime example would be "Non-terrestrial Intelligence", where cleverly applied, dynamic reverbs and echoes transform the otherwise typical acid line into haunting, unsettling and almost spooky melody in the vein of "Alien Nation" by CoP.

 

There's many more "small" things like that, though:

- the techno bassline and strings in "Rotating Rama",

- hammer-heavy kick and highly resonant main lead in "Interstellar Mutation",

- seizure-inducing urgency of the bassline in "Juddervision",

- dark, sci-fi atmosphere and crazy acid-line of "Dimension Expansion",

- wobbly rhythmic foundation and Prana's "Primal Orbit"-like climax in "Narcosynthesis",

- deep, dense and mysterious acid layering of "Cybermat",

- tribal, vocals driven sound of "Karmenbozia".

 

Do yourself a favor and get this one immediately.

 

5/5

Everything he said!

When this album grabs a tempo it doesnt let go! No climaxes, maybe a few breaks. In some moments it reminded me of "Trippy Future Garden." Very rich hypnotic sounds and steady basslines that make this more of a marathon journey instead of a sprint.

Im considering buying this!

 

Anjuna Records where art thou? Id like to see more releases from these guys! :)

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