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4.01 | 171 ratings

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Eetu Pellonpaa
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2 stars The music on this album is done mainly with sequencer loops, and I must admit that I'm not very fond about the aesthetics of the end results. An association of 1980's computer games music is too strong right from the start of "Sunrain". Melodies are quite nice still, but this is not that kind of music which I would be listening voluntarily very much. Longer piece "Ocean of Tenderness" sounds more pleasant with its ethereal electronic sounds, there are no artificial drum loops included, and there's some nice guitar soloing here too. This is truly a calm aural ocean where one could fall sleep in to. Composition "Deep Distance" has also beautiful sounds on it, but the rhythm loops sounded uncomfortable for me. This felt again like the music on late 1980's "Synthesizer Greatest Hits" albums to my ears. The last track "Nightdust" runs over twenty minutes, and it resembles the dreamy second track. In the first half of the song there are no rhythm loops present, just a vast existence of blue aural space. Sadly the drum loops emerge after ca. eleven minutes. Otherwise this could have been some kind of modern version of Ash Ra Tempel's "Jenseits". The last minutes of this song hold a very beautiful movement for an emotional electric guitar solo. If you like late 1970's Tangerine Dream and you aren't allergic to electronic drum loops as I slightly am, try this classic album. I liked the long spacey parts without drum loops, but the elements I felt annoying lowered the status of this album in my personal evaluation.
Eetu Pellonpaa | 2/5 |


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