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Alpha Wave Movement


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5 stars For over twenty years now, Gregory T. Kyryluk's Alpha Wave Movement has been offering a variety of sublime progressive-electronic music that can incorporate everything from New Age delicateness, gentle psychedelic touches, restrained world elements and Berlin School expanse. Through over twenty albums to date, the Alpha Wave Movement always delivers albums that are beautiful, reflective and deeply emotional, the very opposite of the cold and clinical sound that consumes many lesser electronic works. No more is this evident than on the 2013 album, `Architexture of Silence', comprised of five distinctive `Movements', each offering ambient inner and outer space atmospheres and constantly evolving lengthy instrumental soundscapes.

The opening section introduces blissful serene synth washes that lap at your feet and retreat back to the cosmic ocean over and over. Wavering vibrations envelop, levitating spheres of bliss spin, aquatic loops bubble with purpose and exploding aural arcs stretch their tendrils across infinite space. Electronic strums chime over and over in the second passage, placid hypnotic waves dancing joyfully and playfully as little traces of darkness try to creep in only to be consumed by reborn light. Metallic whipping percussion and The Orb-like pulsing patterns then briefly try to take hold over emerging celestial choirs. Delicate and prettily sombre, electric raindrops softly patter a cooling ambient pool through the third movement, a precious little looped beat trickling along the backdrop like clockwork, quickening in pace behind slinking dark bass murmurs, dazzling crystalline chimes and restrained reaching Mellotron groans.

`Movement IV' is one of the more reassuring and almost even carefully romantic pieces on the album. Crying electronic drones swirl alongside shimmering electric piano tip-toes and soothing lulling washes of ambient synths like a running stream offering renewed life and love. The closing section is a cosmic garden of angelic Mellotron choirs, translucent chimes, soothing ambient New Age washes and dazzling precious spiralling aural flowers unfolding and bursting to life. It's deeply meditative, with almost the tiniest of oriental themes emerging as well, before robotic looped patterns of sequencer-like beats and pulsing phasing strains aim straight for deepest space.

`Architexture of Silence' is respectful in acknowledging the vintage masters of electronic and ambient music like Tangerine Dream and Steve Roach, but not for a second does it ever come across as an uninspired or lazy imitation. Gregory mixes the old and modern styles in a way here that sounds like the future and past colliding together to form something vital and new. Newcomers would find an ideal introduction to this project by starting with this one, then explore the numerous other worthwhile Alpha Wave Movement discs, as well as Kyryluk's other projects such as Thought Guild, Within Reason and Open Canvas. Personally speaking, I cannot explain how much this album has meant to me, a constant source of solace and peace in my life, and I cannot recommend it enough to ambient/electronic listeners.

Five stars.

Aussie-Byrd-Brother | 5/5 |


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