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Asura - Radio Universe

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Artist: Asura

Title: Radio Universe

Label: Ultimae Records

Date: November, 2014

 

1. Overture

2. Interlude Sky

3. Oblivion Gravity

4. Gaea (Transit)

5. Ascension In Blue

6. Farscape 7

7. Lonely Star

8. Illuminations

9. Back To Earth

10. Everlasting (Album Edit)

 

 

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You think that Trump can't say dumber things, but then it becomes tomorrow. So the reaction above is either his latest piece of verbal bile or you just listened to the last album from Asura.

 

Mouth meet floor in both cases.

 

And that was just the first track. What a stunning piece of music this is. Look Ultimae and Charles are well established as the premier leaders in ambient and downtempo music, but this is unbelievable. It's traveling through space on a massive star freighter in the distant future. Sweeping pads provide stunning views of celestial glory. It's ultra HD immersive theater that crawls at a snails pace sweeping up everything in its path. Melodies are cold and warm simultaneously and you feel just how insignificant you are in the vast cosmos. At times he channels his inner Vangelis and Kitaro giving you a front row seat as ambient images take shape excruciatingly slowly. Blade Runner meet Silk Road.

 

Oblivion Gravity is so vivid I felt joy and terror at the same time. It was deliciously slow torture that brought out emotions and made me...feel. It's not all dark though as Ascension in Blue let's the solar rays stream through the rugby sized pitch window. Ayten's voice is haunting on Farscape 7 and Lonely Star with its piano and measured pace seem to be another nod in the direction of Vangelis. Charles made a beautiful downtempo track incorporating a little bit of dubstep. That sh*t is epic and brings a smile to my face every time.

 

Alas nobody is perfect and for this album that is due to the plodding and uninteresting Illuminations. It doesn't come close to the gravity and grandeur exhibited by the rest of the tracks. No surprises as it slowly drips like the last bit of maple syrup. Back To Earth isn't a song at all, but merely a night spent amongst the frogs and crickets during a rainstorm. Perhaps that's where the escape pod landed after ejecting from the spacecraft upon Earth re-entry. The final track is a very positive one with a vibe that lets you know that everything will be all right.

 

So there you have it. True quality from Ultimae and Asura like you would expect. Not perfect, but the tracks that are good are stellar. Interstellar if you will. Take a ride into space. You won't be disappointed.

 

Btw...I ordered the FLAC from Ultimae, but it seems that the CD comes with a 16 page booklet. Don't know what's in the booklet. Could be porn, so you might wanna check it out.

 

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Starkraver    878

I was waiting to hear others views on it.

 

1. I do not like the 5,4,3,2,1 Lift Off. NO!

2. I really liked the space journey after multiple listens. I find myself to be truly happy when the track Back to Earth starts :) wooof! So, No space journey for me :P

 

 

 

Off topic - Trump must be giving you guys a good laughing session everyday :D

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Ormion    434

Best Asura album to date. The last 2 tracks are godly.

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