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JT Bruce


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3.94 | 10 ratings

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4 stars US composer and multi-instrumentalist JT Bruce has created a delightfully versatile production with his third effort Universica.

Blending a myriad of stylistic expressions, much of this venture comes across as some sort of unholy union between mid 70's Tangerine Dream and mid 90's Nine Inch Nails. A large number of themes and passages are seeped in mostly dark sounding, space-tinged electronic excursions, with industrial elements more or less in a war with ambient and subtle dissonant electronic ones for dominance.

Additional spices brought to the proceedings are gentle wandering acoustic guitar and piano layers, drawn out psychedelic sounds and the occasional fragmented or more fully explored theme with a basis in progressive metal.

The songs twist and turn, evolve, develop and change throughout, seemingly with more of an emphasis on improvisational playing rather than a meticulously planned thematic exploration. Interesting, intriguing, unexpected and creative, this disc should be a real find for most anyone into instrumental progressive rock with strong eclectic tendencies.

Windhawk | 4/5 |


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