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3.76 | 116 ratings

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4 stars Blackouts isn't too much different in sound or textures than Manuel Gottsching's debut release under the Ashra name. This album is very warm, bright, and optimistic. Some of the optimistic sequenced melodies give this album a feel of glistening cool water in the summer sunlight. At times, the synthesized melodies act like a minimalist orchestra playing as a backdrop behind Gottsching's Pink Floyd-like guitar soloing. Compared to the debut album, Blackouts seems to have more obvious moments for a more traditional electric guitar tone to shine through, and really gives this album a strong space-rock/psychedelic-rock feel ("Midnight on Mars", "Blackouts"), but the album as a whole comes off as sounding like minimalist psychedelic beach music, and it is much more pleasant than my makeshift title sounds.

Blackouts is just as high-quality as New Age of Earth is, and is the perfect companion piece to the debut. Repetitive, psychedelic, beautiful, and warm. Highly recommended.

colorofmoney91 | 4/5 |


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