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4.25 | 47 ratings

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5 stars Unbelievable! About a five year gap since the last album, Moebius, and you should expect a drastic change in style, substance, and technology (it was now the 1980s). Not at all, it's as if this was recorded in 1978, and for all I know it was actually recorded then, but never released until 1982, when a small Canadian label issued it, and then in 1983 a French label (probably due to French record stores stocking in the import section and was needing of a domestic release). If it was recorded in 1978 as I suspect, then I'm certain Polydor rejected this album. If it was actually recorded in 1982, then I'm really amazed how Zanov didn't even pay the littlest attention to the musical changes of the 1980s. But I have nothing solid to go by, just amazed to hear a 1980s album from a '70s artist still sound very '70s. That same '70s cosmic spacy electronic sci-fi vibe I come to love of Green Ray (1976) and Moebius (1977). Same great use of analog synths. It seems to have a bit of a less mechanical feel than previous albums, but absolutely nothing lost of the substance. If parts of "Sky Energy" sounds a tad familiar, well, Pierre Zalkazanov (that's Zanov's actual name) actually incorporated parts of "Plenitude" off Moebius in this piece. He's been often called the French Klaus Schulze, certainly I notice some elements of that but he explores realms that Schulze often didn't, and I couldn't mistake this for a Schulze album. Zanov's album are really criminally overlooked by electronic aficionados. In fact I only knew one person who heard of Zanov. Lovers of '70s electronic music should not be scared of when this album was released, this is totally essential, as is the previous two!
Progfan97402 | 5/5 |


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