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4 stars New and delicious Zeuhl!

Ga'an is a new project by US musicians who in 2009 released their self-titled album which fortunately is a free and legal download, so by recommendation by the great Keishiro Maki, I did not hesitate and got it. Here, this band will delight you with 40 minutes of a dark, tasty and great combination of zeulh and krautrock hints that will make you have a mesmerizing time.

The first track is entitled "Chasmaeon". The first two minutes have a dark atmosphere created by keyboards, later drums and bass appear, and then female vocals join. Honestly, the name of Eskaton came to my mind almost immediately after the vocals appear, and though Ga'an are by no means a clone band, they do have some clear reminiscences of those older acts. What I love of this music is that though seems to be repetitive, it little by little is absorbing you and involving you to their realm. Worth highlighting the drums work here.

"Living Tribunal" continues with that dark and tense atmosphere created by keyboards. This is also the longest track here, whose eight minutes share that hypnotic sound where keyboards and drums make a wonderful couple responsible for our addiction. Though the music seems not to change and have a plan structure, it s actually perfect, no matter if one or five minutes have passed, one can truly enjoy every one of them and feel part of that hypnotic world. Later when the female voice enters along with a cool distorted bass, the music shares different emotions and creates addictive atmospheres that will not let us escape until the song finishes. A true and enjoyable zeuhl experience!

"I of Infinite Forms Parts I and II" is an eleven-minute track divided in two, the first one with five and the second with six minutes. The first part has fast and excellent drums since the very first minute, accompanied by wonderful keyboards as background, a repetitive and once again mesmerizing bass sound and of course, that essential female vocals. The addiction continues and never ceases, the song becomes faster and progresses little by little inviting us to a vertiginous and amazing trip. There is a minor change where a keyboard shares a different nuance, when that happens we are actually listening to the second part of the song.

"Servant Eye" has practically a very alike sound, actually, Ga'an as a band has already a particular sound that makes them different from the other bands, even from Eskaton who I previously mentioned. Here once again a cool communion between keyboards as background, nice bass lines, excellent female voice and fast and powerful drums is shared. There are some changes, one of them at minute two where the voice vanishes and a choir keyboard sound is now implemented, being accompanied by the terrific drums. Great song!

Finally, "Vultures of the Horn" closes this album. It opens with bass and drums making a raw sound, later keyboards enter, giving the correspondent atmosphere and the song changes. Then we can appreciate again different textures and nuances, as well as some minor changes that give dynamism to the music. So the song flows and just like in the previous five tracks, it involves us little by little.

I loved this album since the very first time I listened to it, and it is good to know the zeuhl influences have arrived to young US musicians, who I trust will be around in this musical scene for long time. This is an excellent debut by Ga'an, and though it is not precisely what would call a masterpiece, it is really solid and highly recommendable mostly for fans of this particular genre. My final grade will be four stars.

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 4/5 |


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