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Sneila - Rebirth

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1. The arrival  7:22
2. Meanwhile on another planet  6:27
3. A hero must awake  7:01
4. The dreamer's guide  9:12
5. Vapors  7:13
6. Silence of the severs  13:54
7. Peas  7:32
8. We breath air  8:29

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Unreleased Goa Records celebrates, with its second release, the return of Sneila, a veteran of the Goa Trance scene, who has been silent for almost 20 years now. Co-founder of the first Romanian electronic festivals TMBASE, previously known for his involvement in the MFDN band in 1995, Cosmin Constantinescu created 'Sneila' (a backwards for 'Aliens') at the end of the 90's. This prolific project, inspired by the conspiracy theories related to extra-terrestrial intelligence (the 'alliance' with the 'aliens' covered by 'a lie'), gave birth to several compilation tracks and two popular albums: 'Implosion' (2000) and 'Species' (2001), once available as DAM CD's on MP3.com and soon to be re-released for the first time ever in full quality on DAT Records' sub-label.
Before the project was deactivated in 2002, Cosmin produced several tracks which show cast a bit of all his styles (Goa, Progressive and Downtempo), and his evolution and progression in music production. The 8 previously unreleased tracks and exclusive versions of released tracks featured on 'Rebirth' were exhumed from the artist's vaults and are the result of his experiments.

Probably not my very favorite album of the year, but not far from it and certainly the best surprise of late. Not familiar at all with this name so I had no idea what to expect. And what a refreshing album! Refreshing and yet the tracks are old now, but the mastering really did a solid job. Sneila produced two albums in the mp3.com era (2000 and 2001), I also saw on Discogs that he released a few tracks in compilations before, but nothing in the 2010 decade. So here we are. 8 oldies, finally released. And what a great surprise.
Mid-tempo, progressive and yet goa-trance, but above all very trancy, this is the key word here. I mean trancy gems like Aquasphere - Aquasphere
Perfect sound for relaxing times. Clean music, always floating. The sound is reminiscent of the German and Swedish styles of the early 2000s, yet incorporates goa-trance elements and the result is just beautiful. 
Without reviewing all the tracks, it is hard to ignore Silence Of The Severs, the most impressive effort here which starts as downtempo and then evolves into a trance whirlpool, offering a perfect climax. A must listen for trance lovers. Let's be honest this blend of progressive and goa-trance is not the most common but it's just so good when properly made.

Rating: 8/10.
Listen / buy: https://unreleasedgoarecords.bandcamp.com/album/rebirth

 

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