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Progressive Electronic

3.50 | 2 ratings

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3 stars This album has been a partial disappointment for me, but only because I was expecting something different. In the progressive electronic world you can find drones made of electronic noises without any trace of rhythm like with the Dutch Phrozenlight. This Kosmonaut (sorry for the regular "o", I won't spend time on the ASCII table) is on the opposite side of that world. His drones are based on electronic drumming and rhythm with the keyboards in the background. Something halfview, like the Tangerine Dream, would have been better for me.

The album itself is not too bad. It's surely better than some of the Dutch drones, also because in proportions, finding a weak album in a 100 albums discography is not too difficult. The problem that I have with it is that I enjoy more a thing like an ambient drone made of keyboard only than things like this one.

For most of the album I haven't had any good sensation. Again, this depends on me. While the first tracks have some of Kraftwerk, and some squared waves in Edgar Froese's style, I had to arrive to the last track before getting some pleasure. This is not too dissimilar from the rest but has something more: first of all, the drumming is less present and the result is a bit more "acid".

What I personally don't like is that sort of chill'out-just-after-a-big-rave sound, that's very far from what I was expecting, that's something that on "Primordial gnosis" appears sometimes.

So in the end, the fact that I haven't liked it doesn't mean that anybody else can't. Hard fans of electronics who don't dislike house and rave parties will surely find it interesting. It has some goods specially in these parts where is closer to Edgar Froese, with sequences of bass squared waves.

So, being unable to split my personal appreciation from the real value of the album I stick on three stars. It's not for "any" prog music collection (not for mine), but I can't say that it's bad and it's also possible that time after time I will start enjoying it.

Give it a chance.

octopus-4 | 3/5 |


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