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3.31 | 27 ratings

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5 stars Although I've only known of Zanov for about three years, I was in complete shock to find Pierre Salkazanov (Zanov's real name) would release a new album, in 2014 no less, when about 32 years have passed since his last album, In Course of Time (which was apparently recorded in 1979 but not released until 1982, hence why the album sounded a bit behind the times for 1982 standards). He did attempt to record a followup to In Course of Time called Nous Reprenons Notre Avenir which apparently started in 1979 and ground to a halt in 1984 by which day job and family pretty much made him give up on recording (he wasn't some international sensation on the line of Jean Michel Jarre, if he was, it would be a completely different story).

So three decades later he dug up that old recording, remove the poetry (Nous Reprenons Notre Avenir was said to include poetry) and do some finishing touches on an Arturia Origin. So that means you get to hear the Arturia with his old VCS-3, ARP 2600, RMI Harmonic Synthesizer, and Korg PS-3300. Sadly he no longer owns those vintage synths, and since the Arturia Origin includes features from classic analog synths, it's little wonder that was his synth of choice in 2014 (he owns the synth version, as there's also a standalone module version of it). Let's say that Zanov has released yet another winner! It sounds like a natural followup to In Course of Time, a lot of it will remind you of that album, with a bit of Moebius thrown in. More of that same great spacy futuristic electronic music you come to enjoy from his three albums from 1976 to 1982! It's really difficult to pick out highlights, this is electronic music at its finest. I'm only hoping that with his return more people will discover the music of Zanov. One only hopes his back catalog receives reissues. Zanov is one of the few artists that it really doesn't matter where you start, you can easily start with this one as you would any of his other releases. They're all that great, and some of the finest obscure electronic music I've ever heard!

Progfan97402 | 5/5 |


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