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Artist: Nibana

Title: Ask The Universe

Label: Maia Brasil Records

Date: February, 2015


01 - Uchuu (60 BPM)
02 - Far Eden (80 BPM)
03 - Near Babel (85 BPM)
04 - Icarus Dream (Tribute To Yngwie Malmsteen) (90 BPM)
05 - Our Eyes (90 BPM)
06 - The Most Astounding Fact (90 BPM)
07 - I Am a Soul (100 BPM)
08 - Ya'av Eah (110 BPM)
09 - Our Eyes (Sephira Remix) (100 BPM)
10 - Owari Da (76 BPM)
"Now fear is going to be a player in your life...but you get to decide how much."
Nope. Nope. Nope. Bricks have been shat. When I pass from this Earth my soul will still be terrified of this creature. You need proof of alien visitation? Bam. Eight legs of extra terrestrial terror. They hid in sheets. Under shirts. Behind curtains. In. Your. F*cking. Toilet. Paper. Roll.
Now that I have succeeded in scaring myself for life let's discuss this release by a Frenchman.
Now wer'e talking! No. No...check that f*cking thing for spiders! It could be under all that delicious! I f*cking see you behind those strawberries!
This is an album of downtempo / dream trance that delivers on it's label. It was released in 2014, but he probably felt he could get more exposure if he posted it on Ektoplazm. It can be slow moving downtempo, ethereal, and hypnotizing mid tempo trance. Guitars (mainly guitar solos) are a prominent feature on the tracks and before you pass on this like I did that dessert, let me tell you it's a highlight. I know I can't believe I'm saying it. There's even a tribute to Yngwie Malmsteen.
The guitar player?
No the convenience store clerk. Yes the guitar player how many Yngwies do you know? The first track is my favorite. A meticulous dub journey that took its sweet time. The guitar solo brings an epic feel to it, like the situation is bigger than yourself. Far Eden has a glacial cold vibe balanced out by the ever present bass. Icarus Dream is another lush piece of ambient trance complete with nice guitar riff and sliced sounds. All of the tracks don't feel rushed or a jumble of sounds lumped together. Now if you don't like guitars in your music then you might be put off by this. But I never found them intrusive and often found them integral to the track. If there was one gripe it would be that the tracks tend to run a little long and get a little boring. Very well done though.
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