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4 stars What a wonderful dreamy atmosphere is implemented here! It's almost nothing known about this project ... the members ... the origin ... everything went lost in space so to say. An album originally released as a long player on Italian PDU label, founded by famous female pop singer Mina - something like an equivalent to the OHR/Kosmische Musik label in Germany. This one should be heard when you're over a day full of hard work for example, when you're already on the way to relax. 'Midnight in Space' gives you THE rest finally. Take the chance, maybe while your partner is sitting in front of the TV, put the headphones on ... ready for an extraordinary cosmic trip!

You are listening to roundabout 40 minutes of melancholic spacey excursions, mainly based on electronics - however also provided with accentuated acoustic piano which also serves a classical touch here and there. When I'm in the right mood the meandering couple Midnight in Space and Hibernation can bring tears to my eyes - it's so lovely. Here we have a bunch of soaring and playful electronic gimmicks, perfectly applied. A heartbeat is leading somewhere in between, some ethereal female vocals are put in, subtle drum playing surprises suddenly. The album's centerpiece - a big hit concerning composition and realization.

Then Milky Way showcases some acoustic drums again - steps out of line due to a common rhythm work as such, at least partially. This probably points to the musicians' popular origin with a short jazzy dance music flirt, until mournful piano and strings take the lead again. After a while the project slips away to other planets with comfortable ambience, accompanied by a symphonic attitude and spooky voice samples. HYDRUS finally link up somewhere ... it's dark, midnight in space ... nearly forgotten up to now.

Grab it ... if you can. Dedicated to fans of top-notch spacey electronic stuff. A fantastic effort which cries for a digital re-issue ... eh, okay, time will tell.

Rivertree | 4/5 |


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