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Somnesia - Celestial Horizons

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Timewarp records

1. Somnesia - Elysian Vibe  02:20
2. Somnesia - Alien Substance  08:32
3. KhetzaL - Aramean Dreams (Somnesia Remix)  09:00
4. Somnesia - Lucid Dream  08:41
5. Maiia303 - Sleepless Nights In Anjuna (Somnesia Remix)  07:16
6. Somnesia & GoaTree - Oblivion Planet (Somnesia Remix)  09:29
7. Somnesia - Organic Cloud  09:20
8. Somnesia - Sherazade's Nights (Escape The Night Mix)  07:48
9. Somnesia - Perpetual Illusion  08:04
10. Somnesia - Somewhere On The Gange (Lotus Mix)  09:42

Melodies, melodies, melodies, as usual :) This was my comment about the latest album (review) I would describe most of the album as cosmic and morning at the same time, melodies are all over the place, flying around like there is no tomorrow, sometimes with an oriental approach. The album contains several solid sunrise tracks with beautiful arpeggios, and the lower tempo tracks got my attention the most (especially #4 and #5). The music is storytelling, the ominous pads and running synths had me interested. 
Low frequencies are quite missing though, the tracks are not bassy enough and it was my main complain about the last album, however I felt the kick was a bit stronger this time but there is still the bass issue IMO. Some energy is missing because of that, and I noticed several listeners on this forum had the same feelings. I came to the conclusion that it was a deliberate choice of the artist. Christophe likes to focus on harmonic and dynamic melodies living in a sweet, light atmosphere. I must say I am a bit surprised that after 7 albums now, the artist doesn't try something different, doesn't explore other sides of the genre.   
The more I grow older, the more picky I become about my music so not loving everything is normal, yet this release predictably has many worthy moments and the fans of the melodic goa trance genre should be pleased.

Favorite tracks: #3, #4, #5, #9. 
Rating: 6.5/10. 

To listen / buy: https://timewarprecords.bandcamp.com/album/somnesia-celestial-horizons-timewarp125-timewarp

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