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5 stars Syrinx is a myth and a mystery in many ways: Firstly, the players are anonymous even if we do have a clue of who they might be. Secondly, the concept of Syrinx is built on Greek mythology, revealing its secrets in three parts. In the second part, Qualia, the four Transcribers (this is how the musicians call themselves) lead us back to the wonderful musical landscapes familiar from Réification and here we get to the third and most important point - the music of Syrinx - that's one of the most mysterious and thrilling journeys one can get musically. Build up by a really tight teamwork with commanding bass, dreamy keyboards, soft and accurate drums and brisk yet elaborate acoustic guitar, long, complex and unpredictable compositions and peculiar rhythms played in most stimulative manner, kicking the back of your brain like an angry mule!

The joint work of this group is just impressive. It's exquisite how the the music is composed of small pices that are the sounds of the instuments. It's like you're listening to a work of a brilliant mathematician: tiny elements built up to a fractal making a larger and a more complicated whole depending on how far you look at it. No matter wheter you look at the details or the whole work, it's just stunning. These Transcribers aren't only vituoso, but they can compose one hell of a songs! As you listen to a music, any music, you may notice some absolutely great parts within a song and you'll remember that this song has got this wonderful moment... In Syrinx, that's continuous - those stunning parts follow one after another. It can be played in a backgound as a relaxing atmosphere or you can always turn it louder and Dive Into It. This is the most fascinating thing in Syrinx's music, or maybe it IS the Syrinx music.

Just like Reification, Qualia holds on to its secrets tightly, and while it does not sound weird or too complex at the beginning, you still may have to give it quite a few spins... it does not open up quickly. For me, it's a desired feature anyhow, only telling me this is an album I will enjoy for long. The first track to open, is Liber Nonacris, the longest one on the album. It's just so stunning one have to do several reverse-again-things while listening to it! As it is somewhat common to these songs, it's build up slowly, gathering the intensity, raising the speed, growing almost manic at the end. The other tracks Acheiropoiètes, Le Grand Dieu Pan and Le Vingt-et-unième Cercle follow the fantastic formula and they are some great tracks as well.

I've found Syrinx perfectly suitable for jogging purposes for its manic, stubborn ongoing nature. Still, it's also perfect for dining, relaxing, working, sleeping, enjoying, driving, and God knows what purposes due to its multilateral nature. This is another absolutely fantastic release from the group Syrinx!

herrahuu | 5/5 |


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