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AQUA

Edgar Froese

 

Progressive Electronic

3.70 | 69 ratings

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colorofmoney91
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5 stars Aqua, the debut album by the great Edgar Froese, is a wonderful oceanic-themed album that is much more convincing of its subject matter than the late Tangerine Dream album Underwater Sunlight. Really, though, the experimental electronic effects on this album aren't too different from what you'd expect from the usual spacey experimental progressive electronic. But, the resonating and the spatial squealing and clicking is much more convincing of communicating dolphins rather than planetary magnetic fields or intergalactic communication with extraterrestrial life, which is most likely due to the obvious change in context for this album. This change in context but similarity in sound really show that both sides of this world seem to be enigmatic to human life: much of both the ocean and far stretches of outer-space are still left unexplored and remain mysterious, and tectonic and oceanic sounds on earth are similar to magnetic sonorities radiating from other planets. "Pancrphelia" sounds like a gloomier and more oceanic themed version of Kraftwerk's "Spacelab" from The Man-Machine, which explains my point further.

I'd like to say that this album is on par with Epsilon in Malaysian Pale, but I honestly consider this album to be better. I might be in the minority in my decision, but I think this album is more deserving of a masterpiece rating than the follow-up. High recommended to adventurous Tangerine Dream fans.

colorofmoney91 | 5/5 |

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